Brooklyn-based indie-rockers Motive have been making quite a name for themselves these days. From MTV to CMJ, the quartet have been winning fans over with a sound that blends indie and ambient with a raw aesthetic. Find out what the buzz is all about for yourself with the premiere of their new single, "White Lizard Island," — which, despite its cool demeanor and imaginative name, hides a chilling story. "This is a song about a killer in the tropics," says vocalist/guitarist Nick Wold."I wrote it after a trip to St. Thomas with my girlfriend, when I learned that the island has one of the highest murder per capita rates. Crazy statistic for such a beautiful place."
Can't hear the darkness in these crashing instrumentals? Pay attention to those lyrics. "Killer, did you forget the law/Did you forget your momma who raised you by the rules." Yeah, some things are more literal than you might think. Spin the song's exclusive premiere, and get ready for the band's forthcoming EP which this tune comes off of, out soon.
Not long ago, the members of Motive were shredding through jazz lead sheets and getting carted across the U.S. and Europe to showcase their young talent. Nowadays, Motive populates a different scene. These Seattle transplants, turned Brooklynites, emerged from a Clinton Hill, Brooklyn practice space onto stages around the city and are rapidly taking NYC – and the internet – by storm. Known for their grunge influenced indie rock sound, Motive’s catchy, hook laced songwriting shines through on the latest single, “What’s So Bad?”, which was Produced & Mixed by Chuck Brody (Phantogram, Bear Hands, Ra Ra Riot). The video for “What’s So Bad?” recently caught the attention of MTV and premiered on MTV2’s 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield. The video quickly skyrocketed to #2 on MTV.com’s Most Popular video chart, topping artists such as Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, and Imagine Dragons- a rare feat for an unsigned band.
Motive is currently preparing to release a new EP and a series of high concept music videos to accompany the release, and recently had their cover of Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” featured in a Jean Paul Gaultier video released by the popular fashion/music/and culture publication, TWELV Magazine.
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