Motive releases new single "Mammals" + announces debut

NYC quartet Motive is one of those bands that rocks with nonchalance, which is a quality Lou Reed (and David Bowie) mastered to perfection. Their new single 'Mammals' (streaming below) also features a climbing melody that's at once elegant and catchy. The band has a self-title debut album scheduled for early 2014.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best NYC songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Motive plays Glasslands and Mercury with NO on 08.23-24

With their gritty guitars and airy melodies, Motive marries the NYC scene poppiness and darkness in one sound. Often compared to The Strokes and Interpol, this band's strength is in their personal songwriting, with the lyrics taking the forefront in a lot of their music. Their new EP “It’s Illicit” -released in January - has really solid title track, but “Lay Some Light” (streaming below) shows this band's real potential . Motive will play two shows in NYC with LA band NO (clever, ungoogable name!) on August 23rdat Glasslands Gallery and the day agter at The Mercury Lounge. - Paul Jordan Talbot, photo by Merri Cyr


Deli CMJ Indie Pop/Rock Stage at Spike Hill with Eytan & The Embassy, Mother Feather, Motive, The Last Royals + more


For Wednesday's Deli CMJ showcase at Spike Hill, expect a sweet crescendo from the sprightliest to the raunchiest of our pop/rock picks. Headlining the first half of the evening, featuring five of the city's upcoming Indie Pop artists, we're offering you the eccentricities of Eytan & The Embassy and the passionate ballads of duo The Last Royals, whose debut album is on the way. These two will be joined by Flying Points, a new record on the way, who will be opening show, followed by Fast Years, whose latest music video you should definitely be checking out if you haven't already, and the only solo artist of the lot, Ace Reporter.

Subtle transition into the second part of the night, Motive will be the first headliner of our Alt Rock stage, opening the dance with their delectable indie rock before co-headlining cock-rock outfit Mother Feather comes to take over with its flamboyant tease of an act, heating the crowds up for the last two bands of the evening. Next up will be self-dubbed 'weird rock' troubadours New Beard, and to conclude the night, you'll be entertained by the contemporary intepretations of back-to-basics rock&roll formulas served up by Raccoon Fighter. - In the pictures: Eytan & the Embassy and Mother Feather.


Weekly Feature: Motive - Live at Pianos, 08.18

A long time ago, the founding members of Motive were shredding through jazzlead sheets and getting carted across the U.S. and Europe to showcase their young talent. Nowadays, Motive populates a different scene. Erupting from a Clinton Hill practice space onto stages and club circuits around the city, the band is taking NYC – and the internet – by storm. In the dawn of a quintessential political election, their song “Nobody Eats Dinner” was synced to clips of Mitt Romney at his worst. This video went viral and with it, Motive. Their music is masterfully layered and meticulously produced. With a new age, larger than life sound that slowly seeps into your brain, it’s hard not to hum the enchanting hook of “What’s So Bad” (streaming below) right before drifting into a rock and roll daydream. See the band at Pianos on August 18. - Read Ed Guardaro interview with the band here.