The Motivators are:
Alain Whyte - vocals/guitar
Gary Day - bass
Spike Smith - drums/vocals
Having only been The Motivators for the shortest amount
of time, less than six months no less. It is with
admiration that the trio already have two albums worth
of material, written and recorded. All chocker full
with glorious pop hooks, excellent guitar playing,
soaring melodies, a solid rhythm section. No surprise
really, all three members have learnt their craft
by being the touring and recording band of Morrissey.
Lead Motivator, Alain, has been Morrissey's co-writer
for his last four albums, penning such hits as "Billy
Budd" and "Boxers and has co-written nine
songs on the recently recorded Morrissey album.
Being the chief songwriter within The Motivators,
Alain, his guitar, his recording studio, his pen,
have been in overdrive over the past few months, especially
the pen. Writing lyrics professionally for the first
time in over ten years has not been a daunting prospect
for Alain. With plenty of inspiration, but covering
the ground of love, loss, despair: those years with
Morrissey haven't been a stagnant pool of poetic creativity.
Six songs from the debut album already have singles
stamped on them, maybe
even a few hits. It wouldn't hurt, would it? There
is the frenetic and total power rock of "Baby,
I'm Strange", the hands in the air mid-tempo
"Were You Ever In My Life?", the runaway
train of "I Miss You", the summer hit "In
Your Hands", the pop confectionery of "Crushed"
and "The Hardest Thing"…all in waiting
to fill the airwaves and our hearts.
With the solid rhythm section of both Gary Day and
Spike Smith to give the songs a tightness, plenty
of light and shade, the live shows should be a spectacle
Look out for the first Motivators release in April,
with full dates to coincide.