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Santa Maria, California, United States

Santa Maria, California, United States
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"SLO & Dysfunctional Vol 8 Bands"

Congratulations to the following local bands for being voted
among the 10 best local rock bands on the Central Coast!

• Altercation – “Nact Der Untoten"

• Radio Grenade – “Dead”

• Bare Feet – “Revolutionaries”

• Society’s Child – “Meant For Me”

• Hell Ship – “Funeral For a Fly”

• Sol Drop – “Civil (Is It Civil We’re Fighting For)”

• Motive – “Panic”

• The Beat Police – “She Found Me”

• Nada Rasta – “Put It Down”

• Wintersfear – “Taken Away”

Look for SLO & Dysfunctional Volume 8 to be released this Spring!
- NewRock 107.3


A Central Coast band is making a name for itself
While some bands travel with bodyguards, Motive moves with an entire built-in support
system. That’s probably because the members don’t need guards.
Even sitting in the Sun’s conference room with his petite and pigtailed cutie of a daughter
in his lap, drummer Brian Campbell had a bigger-than-life presence—until he began to
recap the band’s successful year. His enthusiasm chipped away at his imposing exterior.
Next to him sat Rick Plumlee II, one of the band’s founders, who may be equally imposing
when not talking about his passion for music.
Rounding out the group on this particular interview was Plumlee’s dad, Rick—the band’s
very active manager—and Campbell’s and the younger Plumlee’s significant others. The
guys were quick to point out why they’ve had such a successful year.
“We couldn’t have done it if we didn’t have such a supportive home front,” Campbell said.
They both also gave credit to the elder Plumlee for managing the band, handling the
bookings, and securing a coveted gig at the Whisky A Go Go just two weeks after taking
over as manager.
“He went from knowing nothing and no one to having dozens of contacts in the music business,” Plumlee said.
The band consists of Julian Clymer (lead vocals), Rick Plumlee II (guitar/backing vocals), Jordan Espinoza (bass), and Brian “The
Hammer” Campbell (drums).
The band plays its own material, written primarily by Plumlee and lead singer Clymer.
“We don’t do covers,” Plumlee said. “A lot of local bands do covers in their sets, but anytime we think about doing a cover, we gettogether and it’s like, ‘I’ve got an idea; let’s do this,’ and we come up with a song.”
Plumlee finds inspiration just about everywhere.
“Something makes you mad, you write about it. Something makes you happy, you write about it,” he explained. “We’re able to
translate it well from life into music.”
Plumlee’s style tends to lean toward the “something makes you mad” type of inspiration,
creating an angry, hard, dark sound that’s heavy and guitar driven, while Clymer writes grungy,
upbeat, party-pop punk. Campbell brings an influence that’s a mix of ’80s metal bands from
Motley Crue and Skid Row, to recent metal bands, while Espinoza brings a punk, progressive
influence a la bands like Tool. The fusion of styles reveals skill in the band’s ability to
incorporate musical genres while not focusing on too much of any one genre that would put
them in a box. One producer called their sound new metal, and the band members themselves
have likened their sound to a harder-sounding Rage Against the Machine—only lighter on the
hip-hop. In other words, it’s “alternative metal music meets pop,” they said.
“We’ll go from heavy-double-bass-breakdown-slam-your-head to double-paced-punk and back again,” Campbell said.
“Yeah, we’ll go from crazy riffs to complex breakdowns to simple then complex again,” Plumlee said.
That style makes it easy for them to provide a high-energy show as well.
“Our goal with our live performances is to not be able to walk off the stage when we’re done,” Plumlee said. “To be so sore and tired
from moving around that we can barely walk off the stage.”
“I don’t like watching bands who stand there and play music,” Campbell said. “I don’t like watching a boring drummer, so I’m not
boring behind my kit.”
Audiences on the Central Coast and across the state have noticed. After playing clubs both locally and in Southern California, Motive
scored a plum of a gig at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in August.
They were the first band to open the festival, which featured renowned guitarist Slash of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver fame.
Nearly 2,000 bands were vying for that slot, but management at the Whisky A Go Go called the band and offered it to Motive.
“And that’s really something, when someplace like the Whisky likes you,” Rick said. “The world-famous Whisky.”
That performance earned them interviews in Los Angeles music media—including being listed as one of Skinnie Magazine’s Top
Southern California bands—and kudos from Slash himself, who gave them positive praise for their performance.
Sailing on the momentum from this summer’s successful performances, the band—which is in talks with New Chord Records and
52nd Street Productions—is set to head to the studio in January to record an EP. Based on the success of that effort, the band will
follow up with a full album late next year. Plans are also in the works to embark on a summer Western/Midwest tour. - SANTA MARIA SUN


Still working on that hot first release.



Motive is a Band started in Santa Maria, Ca. Members include Julian Clymer , Rick Plumlee II , Jordan Espinoza and Brian Campbell . Up and coming with a lot of clashing styles of rock, they have been getting huge attention throughout Southern California. A good mix of Metal, pop, grunge and Rock n' Roll, they not only bring a new and interesting style to the stage, but also bring energy and movement to their performances.

Julian Clymer is a Seattle, WA. Born, 21 year old who eventually moved to San Luis Obispo, Ca. to pursue his education and musical career. He has been singing his entire life and is largely influenced by Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails and even many hip-hop acts such as Flobots. He brings a pop/hip-hop style laced with grunge and hard rock.

Rick Plumlee II was born and raised in Santa Maria, Ca. He’s been playing guitar for 10 years now and received his certificate in Advanced Guitar from Coelho’s Academy Of Music. Building his foundation on Classic rock and Blues music, he, at a young age discovered metal/hard rock and never looked back. Now 21, his biggest influences include Godsmack, Pantera, Motley Crue, Alice in Chains, Drowning Pool, Hatebreed and even Steve Miller Band, CCR, and The Eagles. He brings a hard edged, heavy driven guitar style to the band.

Jordan Espinoza was born in North Hollywood and has been playing bass since High School. Now 23, he resides in Santa Maria. He brings a huge amount of dedication and drive to the band. His influences include Dead Milkman, Bad Brains, Mike Watt (The Minutemen), Tim Commorford (Rage Against the Machine), and Jaco Pastiours.

Brian Campbell was born in Lompoc, Ca. and now resides in San Luis Obispo. He is 25 years old and has been playing the drums for many years, including drum line and many former bands. Nick-named “The Hammer”, he is a force to be reckoned with behind his set. His influences include Shannon Larkin (Godsmack), Neil Pert (Rush), Dream Theatre, Rikki Rocket (Poison), Slipknot, Slayer, Hatebreed and Papa Roach.

All together Motive has made a lot of noise up and down the west coast and plan to become bigger and better. Within the next six months they hope to be playing with and/or touring with bigger bands playing bigger shows around the country under a recognized label. They're now working with 52nd Street Productions and United Select Artists out of Los Angeles, Ca. They have high hopes and expectations for the future with a positive frame of mind and will not be satisfied until they’ve become nationally known and won’t stop there. Pushing themselves to be the best is all they do They live, breathe, eat and sleep music and strive to be on top and rocking harder for a bigger audience.