Los Angeles-based Motive Black is the modern metal brainchild of vocalist Elana Justin, a project that has been a long time coming, but now sees the light of day with the release of debut single ‘Broken’.
Graduating from the bar band circuit in New York, Justin seized the opportunity to move to Los Angeles in 2018 to work on new music. A stranger in a strange land, she found herself immersed in the local scene and performing on open mic nights at the iconic Viper Room.
The LA music community welcomed her, connections and friends were made, eventually leading to a collaboration with Grammy winning guitarist/producer Nick Rowe (Bloodsimple, Vampire Weekend). The duo reworked a song from the singer’s former New York band, taking the music in a heavier direction, and Motive Black was born.
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The single is a mixture of grooving alternative rock and crushing modern metal that countersinks its way into your ear canal, alongside Justin’s charismatic deep vocals.
“’Broken’ is a song that came together when we were taking a break from writing the song we were actually working on,” said the singer. “I get to go on a little journey singing it, which is always fun. The idea behind the song is about breaking down walls. It’s a song based on truth. It’s about being afraid to take risks because you work so hard to protect yourself. I think a lot of people can relate to that.”
The song was mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Korn, Papa Roach), and features Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.) on guitars and Ray Luzier (Korn) on drums.
Plans are afoot for Motive Black to become a full band, both as a touring and recording unit as they move forward. In the meantime, expect four singles to be released under the band name between now and January 2022.
“It’s interesting to be signed,” said Justin of her new record deal. “I don’t have a following because Motive Black is a brand-new project, so the music must have spoken to someone at the label. Hopefully that sort of interest will pull me through.”