No Motiv

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No Motiv
Origin Oxnard, California
Genres Punk rock, Pop punk, Alternative rock, Post-hardcore, Emo
Years active 1995-present
Labels Vagrant Records, Edge Records, Siren
Members Jeremy Palaszewski
Roger Camero
Max McDonald
Jeff Hershey
Past members Pat Pedraza
Dave Brandon

No Motiv is a punk rock band from Oxnard, California. The current line up includes Jeremy Palaszewski on lead vocals/guitar, Max McDonald on guitar/vocals, Jeff Hershey on bass/vocals, and former bassist Roger Camero on drums. Camero never left the band, but rather moved to the drums when drummer Pat Pedraza left the band to join alternative rock band From Satellite.

Their first album, Cynical, was distributed by Edge Records. Their second album, Scarred, is a collection of unreleased demos and remixes also released by Edge Records. No Motiv subsequently left Edge for unspecified reasons. The band is known for rarely, if ever, playing songs from these two albums at their live shows. The band signed to Vagrant Records and had its greatest success with the 2004 release Daylight Breaking, which reached No. 36 on Billboard's Top Independent albums chart.[1]

During the past few years, No Motiv has played only a handful of live shows. While the band has never released an official statement announcing their breakup, they're considered to be on hiatus and inactive at the present time. Jeremy and Jeff reside in Ventura, CA, and started recording material under a new band called Monster Hand. The band never really got off the ground, resulting in Palaszewski starting a solo project entitled "Sea Greens" and Hershey assembling his soul powerhouse "Jeff Hershey and The Heartbeats". Max lives in Brooklyn, NY and has been recording material under the solo moniker Gentlemen. Roger resides in Irvine, CA, plays bass for Peace'd Out, and writes songs for fun under the name He Fails Me.

All band members remain close friends to this day, and also are involved in many side projects in addition to the ones mentioned above, such as Hybrid Moments, Death Country Blues, and Machines.

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  • 1995: No Motiv 7" (It's Alive Records)
  • 1996: No Motiv / The Choice split 7" (It's Alive Records)
  • 1996: Cynical (Edge Records)
  • 1998: Scarred (Edge Records)
  • 1999: And the Sadness Prevails... (Vagrant Records)
  • 2001: Diagram for Healing (Vagrant Records)
  • 2003: LOLA EP (Vagrant Records)
  • 2004: Daylight Breaking (Vagrant Records)
  • 2011: Winterlong EP (Siren)

The song "Independence Day" was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Burnout 3, the song "Give Me Strength" was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Transworld Surf and their cover of "Space Age Love Song" is featured in the Not Another Teen Movie.


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