Motive Blackfittingly set to drop title track, “Auburn“, fromtheirdebutfull–lengthonBlackFriday.ProducedbyGrammy–winnerNickRowe (Bloodsimple,Vampire Weekend), the track digs deeper into the theme of the album.
Opening up about the central subject matter of her debut record withMotive Black, front womanElana Justinsays “‘Auburn‘ is a song that means alot to me. It means so much that I was almost hesitant to put it out. I lost my sister to her battle with addiction. She was one of the smartest women I will ever know. She was a straight–A student who aspired to be a doctor. Addiction does not discriminate. I am angry that she will never realize her dreams. This song is about loss, struggle, rage, but mostly it’s about missing my sister and all of her potential. I will never laugh with anyone like I did with Mia.We need to end the stigma associated with addiction.People are meant to be loved, not judged. I miss Mia every day, and I will for my whole life.”
Watch the new MOTIVE BLACK video for “Auburn” HERE:
The upcoming album is titledAuburn, whichJustinsays “is named for my sister’s beautiful auburn–colored hair. Losing her forced me to reexamine my life and make significant changes. I went through a huge transitional period which included both ugly and beautiful experiences. The album is a wild ride through that journey of anger, mania, deep love, and self discovery.”
In addition to the vocal prowess of vocalistElana Justin, the album featuresNick Roweon guitar, bass andco–songwritingcredits; drummerRayLuzier(Korn) onsix tracks; guitarist Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.) on the first single “Broken“; and “special guest”Carla HarveyofButcher Babieson the song “Lift Me Up“.Harveyalso co–starred in the video for that track and says: “I love collaborating with strong women on projects so when I was asked to add my vocals to “Lift Me Up”,I happily obliged. The result…an infectious tune, a new found friendship…!”Leah Brungardt atAll Accesshas observed that “Los Angeles–basedMotive Blackis the creative phoenix born of singerElana Justin’s pain, tenacity, and resilience.” Brave Words and Bloody Knucklescalls the band “grooving alternative rock” and “crushing modern metal” and says “Elana‘s both powerful and fragile charismatic voice gets deep.” Auburnwas produced at the legendary NRG Studios in North Hollywood, Calif. by Grammy– winning Nick Rowe(Vampire Weekend,Lamb Of God,Madonna,Snoop Dogg) and mixed by JoshWilbur(LambofGod,Korn,PapaRoach).MotiveBlackwillappealtofansof Evanescence,Delain,Follow The Cypher,The Pretty Reckless,Halestorm,New Years Day,In This Moment,Shinedown.
Auburntrack listing: 1. Lift Me Up (feat. Carla Harvey) 2. Broken (feat. Ray Luzier, Marcos Curiel) 3. Let Down 4. Bloodsport 5. Caged (feat. Ray Luzier) 6. Purge 7. Cellophane (feat. Ray Luzier) 8. Bad Decisions 9. Fake (feat. Ray Luzier) 10. Fight Alone (feat. Ray Luzier) 11. Auburn (feat. Ray Luzier) Motive Black‘s debut full-length album, Auburn, is slated for an early 2023 release on AFM Records.
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