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No Motiv

No Motiv: Diagram For HealingDiagram For Healing (2001)
Vagrant Records

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I opened the package knowing exactly what to expect...the upcoming release from SoCal punk outfit No Motiv, and that's exactly what I got. I put in the cd not knowing at all what to expect...I've never seen these guys live, and I've only heard one or two tracks off of their debut album And The Sadn.

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I opened the package knowing exactly what to expect...the upcoming release from SoCal punk outfit No Motiv, and that's exactly what I got. I put in the cd not knowing at all what to expect...I've never seen these guys live, and I've only heard one or two tracks off of their debut album And The Sadness Prevails. I guess you could say my ears, for the most part, were No Motivirgins (yes, I'm entirely aware of how lame that joke really is, thanks). On paper, I'm impressed...words like 'melodically' and 'emotion' and 'heart splitting lyrics' and 'the' peppered the press release...they've played with some of my favorite bands (Face to Face, Jimmy Eat World, The Get Up Kids and Good Riddance to name a few)...Trever Keith produced the album (Mr. Keith is of Face To Face fame)...they can't suck, right? I put the cd in and I listened. And I listened. And I listened. And a week later, I'm still listening. These guys are the opposite of communism! They look good on paper AND they are good in actuality!

From start to finish No Motiv has managed to put together one hell of an album. Guitars blazing. Drums crashing. Bass pulsating. Voices high. Mmmmmm...SoCal. They have anthems, they have heart breakers, they have advice-laden pick-me-ups. The lyrics perform a nice balancing act by not being too simple and too complicated; thusly, the songs never get too lowbrow or too highbrow for their own good. Jeremy Palaszewski (guitar, lead vocals), Pat Pedraza (drums), Max McDonald (guitar, backing vocals) and Roger Camero (bass) has crafted an album that is very easy to listen to and, at times, has you asking 'Are you sure this is punk?'. That might be blamed on the fact that neither Jeremy nor Max cough out the lyrics in unintelligible spurts, nor do they scream pointlessly...they sing, and quite well. While there exists an unfair stereotype that singers in punk bands can't really sing, these two are doing their parts to try and dispel such myths. The other reason you might be asking 'are you sure this is punk?' is that some of the songs drop any pretense of being anything other than an emo styled song...and that's OKAY...there's nothing wrong with being, or sounding, emo, remember?

Starting off Diagram For Healing is Celebrate, and, as all good opening tracks should, it smacks you around and makes you listen with its upbeat sound and infectious chorus. Are you in a dead-end, go nowhere relationship? Do you know someone that is? If you answered yes to either questions, please purchase this cd and go directly to Throw In The Towel...it's a 'kick him/her to the curb' song if ever I've heard one. Broken And Burned is a prime example of Jeremy's singing abilities and those heart splitting lyrics we've heard so much about...oddly, it's one of my favorites (yeah, who's shocked?). Get A Life...not only is it a good song...it's a good idea too! My newest theme song is definitely Going Numb...it pretty much sums up how I felt way back in the day when I was really part of the medicated masses. Savior is ultra tasty and has Trever Keith written all over it (not that I'm bitching about that, though)...mix yummy bass line with too true lyrics and throw in some of that hip SoCal flavoring and you've got you a yummy little number. It's not all tea and biscuits, though....To The Roots and So Long are okay the first few times through, but begin to get a little grating after a while.

I probably never would have heard these guys if not for the kindness of strangers...and for that kindness, I am forever grateful. No Motiv is definitely a band worth checking out, and they have proven themselves more than worthy of helping Vagrant push themselves as a leader in the punk scene. Look for No Motiv and other Vagrant artists on the upcoming Van's Warped Tour and the Vagrant Across America tour.


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Anonymous (June 17, 2002)

this album is average at best. throw in the towel and get a life are the only standouts on the album. to much filler to mention. tracks 7 to the end are all filler w/the exception of 'so long' and the last song, which are pretty good. to drab of lyrics, to much bitching about missing his girlfriend on the road. not for u to relate to...his girlfriend.to egocentric, to flat of vocals.its like 'hey mercedes', everyone hyped it, some buy anything on vagrant,but in reality, its not anything to remember.its not bad...its just there.

Anonymous (January 9, 2002)

Personally, I find this to be a fantastic album. I always feel better after listening to it, never really skipping a song of course. I find this album to be better than their first one, mostly because I tend to listen to this one more. The vocals are great, and the lyrics are great as well. But who knows, I always find time for this album, so I have to say, it rocks.
-Jeremy A.

DrNo (August 16, 2001)

If you read five below me, this guy says that this cd is "emo-pop" but then later says that they've lost all they're emotion. Well "emo" is short for emotion, so i think you a bit confused. "And the Sadness Prevails" is far better but this cd is good in itself.

coldjuly (June 26, 2001)

I bought this album about a week ago...and im still listening to it a week later. All of the no motiv releases are amazing! Each of them very different...you never know what to expect..but do expect it to be good. "give me strength" and "so long" are awesome...Oh yeah...the song lyrics are not in the inner booklet...took me 3 goddamn days to find out they were in the inner tray card.

Anonymous (May 16, 2001)

i haven't heard this album yet, but 'celebrate' cele-sucks. i hope the rest of the cd is better, cause i really like no motiv.- fathead

Anonymous (May 11, 2001)

Well whatever they do it seems to work.. but this cd is just ok to good, with it good points and its lows being just a couple songs sound a bit chessy and or to much like face to face, and the sadness privails is still there best one overall "I think" but still worthy if you like the band just a bit slower

Anonymous (May 8, 2001)

No Motiv is my best group.
I thiiinig is not the best album but is so good when you listen him carfully.
I whant you make a show in Trois-Rivieres (near Montréal)please!
Guys you are so good!

Anonymous (May 5, 2001)

I opened this cd expecting the powerful punk rock that No Motiv has put out on their last two cds, but when I put it in the player and listened to every track I was dissapointed to hear that they now suck. The cd is like horrible emo-pop, just like the ataris shitty new album, with lame ass choruses, thoughtless lyrics and played out guitar work that belongs in a blink 182 album or some shit. If you want music like that, go buy a Get-Up Kids album. Overall, No Motiv have lost all the emotion and power of their music and now suck ass.

Anonymous (May 2, 2001)

I hate to break it to you, but No Motive's debut album was called "Cynical" and it was on "The Edge Records" out of Oxnard, CA. I might add that that album was MUCH better than the pussy emo shit they put out after that release! Cynical was fast, heavy, and incredible!

Anonymous (April 27, 2001)

Yo, this review originated on alienated.org, and I've got several other reviews up there right now (mineral, alkaline trio, modest mouse to name a few). Check em out if you're bored. And get this album on May 1st!

Anonymous (April 27, 2001)

no motiv is a really good band, especially live.

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