Motive The Band

Background information
OriginLondon, England[citation needed]
GenresAlternative rock, pop rock, new wave[1]
Years active1983–1990, 1998–present
LabelsLondon Records
MembersMark Shaw
PJ Phillips
Ryan Williams
Barry Ross
Magnus Box
Past membersJasper Stainthorpe
Scott Taylor
Steve Wren
Rob Downes
Mark Sanderson
Ben Angwin
Chris Youdell
Alex Mungo
Keith Airey
John Miller
Justin McConville

Then Jerico are an English rock band. They scored four top 40 hits in the UK during the 1980s.


The band's early line-up included singer Mark Shaw, bassist Jasper Stainthorpe, drummer Steve Wren, and guitarist Scott Taylor.[2]

The band played at The Limelight Club in New York in 1983 and signed to London Records in 1984. The single 'The Big Sweep' was recorded for London but they objected to the lyrical subject matter (an anti-Robert Maxwell/Rupert Murdoch statement). It was initially released by the track's producer Martin Rushent on his own Immaculate label in 1985 and later as a limited edition by London Records along with the new song, 'Fault'.[2]

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The band's songs 'Muscle Deep' and 'The Motive' charted in 1987.[2] They enjoyed success with two albums, First (The Sound of Music) (1987) co-produced by Mark Shaw and Owen Davies, which reached number 35 in the UK Albums Chart,[3] followed by The Big Area in 1989 that went gold and reached number 4 in the UK Albums Chart.[3] Producer Rick Nowels took care of about more than half of the tracks on that album which also led to the appearance of Belinda Carlisle on side vocals on the single 'What Does It Take'.[4]

Released in 1988, ahead of the group's second album, 'Big Area' achieved their greatest chart success, peaking at number 13 in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

The original Then Jerico line-up split up in early 1990,[5] with Mark Shaw leaving the band to pursue a solo career. He released his only studio album, Almost for EMI in 1991.[6][7] It was produced by guitarist Andy Taylor and included two singles, 'Love So Bright' and 'Under Your Spell'.[7] Mark Shaw has also worked off and on with Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley and the SAS Band.[2]


In 1998, Shaw re-activated Then Jerico, writing the materials for Orgasmaphobia, a self-financed album[6][8] released on Eagle Rock. The album was co-produced by Mark Shaw and Andy Taylor with collaborations from Taylor, Simple Minds' keyboard player Mick MacNeil and author Iain Banks.[8] In 2000, a live album Alive & Exposed was released by Yeaah! Records credited to 'Then Jerico... Mark Shaw Etc.'.[9] It was a recording made in the summer of 1992 of a concert at the Grand Theatre, Clapham in London.[9][10] It contained a new song 'Step into the Light'.[10]

Shaw embarked on a new Then Jerico tour in 2012 with an original line-up of the band, made up of Mark Shaw, guitarists Rob Downes and Scott Taylor, bass player Jasper Stainthorpe and drummer Steve Wren.[11]

A 'Reprise Tour' was launched for 2013[12] to promote the release of the Reprise compilation album[12] on Warner / Rhino Music with a number of appearances including at Henley's Rewind the 80s Music[13][14] and at the Let's Rock Bristol festivals.[15]

In February 2014, the 'original' Then Jerico called it a day; however, lead singer Mark Shaw continued, as he vowed to do, with a new line-up to fulfill Let's Rock festival dates in May, June and July that year. In 2015, Shaw played club shows prior to a performance at 'Let's Rock London', on Clapham Common, London, on 16 July 2016.

On 27 April 2020, guitarist Scott Taylor died at the age of 58 from a brain tumour.[16][17]

Band members[edit]


  • Mark Shaw (born Mark Robert Tiplady, 10 June 1961, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England) – vocals (1983–1990, 1998–present)[18]
  • PJ Phillips – bass/backing vocals (1998–2012 / 2014–present)
  • Ryan Williams – guitar
  • Barry Ross - drums
  • Magnus Box - bass


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  • Jasper Stainthorpe (born 18 February 1958, Tonbridge, Kent, England) – bass (1983–1989 / 2012–2013)[18]
  • Steve Wren (born 26 October 1962, Lambeth, London, England) – drums (1983–1989 / 2012–?)[18]
  • Scott Taylor (31 December 1961, Redhill, Surrey, England – 27 April 2020) – guitar (1984–1989 / 2012–2020)[18][16]
  • Cliff Lawrence – guitar (1983)
  • Mark Sanderson (born 1961) – keyboards (1983)
  • Ben Angwin – keyboards (1984–1985)
  • Alex Mungo – keyboards (1985–1988)
  • Rob Downes (born 7 December 1961, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, England) – guitar (1987–1989 / 2012–?)[18]
  • Chris Youdell – keyboards (1988–1989)
  • Keith Airey (replaced Scott Taylor on guitar for The Big Area tour – 1989)
  • Justin McConville (2010s shows)
  • John Miller (2010s shows)
  • Paul Davis (2010s shows)

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Their live shows featured the talents of backing vocalist Bari Goddard (who also worked with Cliff Richard, Madonna and Jimmy Somerville among others) and Steve Lee (Joan Armatrading); some of these performances are available on the double CD release Radio Jerico which showcase some Radio 1 sessions and the full Hammersmith Odeon show of 1989.[citation needed]



  • First (The Sound of Music) (1987) – UK No. 35[19]
  • The Big Area (1989) – UK No. 4[19]
  • Almost... (Mark Shaw, solo) (1991)
  • Electric (1994)
  • Radio Jerico [2 CD] (1997) (re-issued as download only via, 2012)
  • Orgasmaphobia (1998)
  • The Best Of... (1999)
  • Alive & Exposed (2000)[20]
  • First (The Sound of Music) (25th Anniversary Expanded Edition, 2012)
  • Jewels in Time: Rarities & Unreleased Tracks (Then Jerico Music, 2012)
  • Big Area (reissue, Warner/Rhino, 2012)
  • Acoustic Live (CD/DVD) (2012)
  • Reprise (compilation) (Warner/Rhino, May 2013)
  • Acoustic: Live London 2012 (CD only) (Then Jerico Music, June 2013)


  • 'The Big Sweep' (1985)
  • 'Fault' (1985)
  • 'Muscle Deep' (1986) – UK No. 85
  • 'Let Her Fall' (1986)[21] – UK No. 65
  • 'Prairie Rose' (1987) – UK No. 89
  • 'The Motive (Living Without You)' (1987) – UK No. 18
  • 'Muscle Deep' (reissue) (1987) – UK No. 48
  • 'Big Area' (1988) – UK No. 13
  • 'What Does It Take' (1989) (featuring Belinda Carlisle) – UK No. 33
  • 'Sugar Box' (1989)[22] – UK No. 22
  • 'Love So Bright' (Mark Shaw solo – 1990)
  • 'Under Your Spell' (Mark Shaw solo – 1991)
  • 'The Motive' (1996) (Eurohouse Remix – Bol Beat Records)
  • 'The Motive' (1997) (ItaloDance Remix – Contraseña Records)[3]


  1. ^'News: Then Jerico reform for 2012 UK Big Area Tour'. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ abcd'Biography by Dan LeRoy'. AllMusic. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  3. ^ abcdRoberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 555. ISBN1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^Then Jerico (26 March 2011). 'Then Jerico - What Does It Take?'. YouTube. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  5. ^Kat Duke (24 November 2009). 'Mark Shaw of Then Jerico: Things I Have Learned About Pain'. The Quietus. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  6. ^ abJoanna Wilson (19 September 2003). 'The return of Then Jerico'. BBC News. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  7. ^ ab'Mark Shaw'. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  8. ^ ab'Then Jerico biography'. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. ^ ab'Then Jerico - Then Jerico... Mark Shaw Etc... Alive & Exposed'.
  10. ^ ab'NME: Mark Shaw: Then Jerico - Step into The Light video recorded on a hot summer evening at The Grand Theatre, Clapham, London 1992. Available on the 'Alive & Exposed' album released in 2000'. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  11. ^'The Brook: Then Jerico 80's Revivalists'. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  12. ^ ab'Then Jerico are back touring after 23 years'. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  13. ^'RewindFestival Official website – Then Jerico page'. Rewindfestival.vom. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  14. ^'Atlantic Radio UK: Rewind Festival 2013 line-up announced'. Archived from the original on 6 March 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  15. ^Evans, Bethan. 'Let's Rock Bristol'. North Somerset Times. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  16. ^ ab'Then Jerico guitarist Scott Taylor has died'. 28 April 2020.
  17. ^'Then Jerico guitarist Scott Taylor dies of brain tumour'. The Independent. 28 April 2020.
  18. ^ abcdeColin Larkin, ed. (2003). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. pp. 459/60. ISBN1-85227-969-9.
  19. ^ ab'THEN JERICO - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company'. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  20. ^Then Jerico (6 July 2011). 'Mark Shaw:Then Jerico - Step Into The Light'. YouTube. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  21. ^Then Jerico (28 March 2011). 'Then Jerico - Let Her Fall'. YouTube. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  22. ^Then Jerico (26 March 2011). 'Then Jerico - Sugar Box'. YouTube. Retrieved 13 February 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Then Jerico discography at Discogs
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Los Angeles-based label Sumerian Records has announced the signing of IN MOTIVE. The band — made up of longtime Sumerian artists Lee McKinney (guitar; BORN OF OSIRIS), Nick Rossi (guitar; ex-CITY IN THE SEA), Conor White (drums), plus newcomer Devin Barrus (vocals) — crafts a sound that ebbs and flows between progressive metallic intricacy and alternative infectiousness.

Check out the official music video for IN MOTIVE single 'Revival' below as well as the stream for the song 'The Disconnect'.

In late 2015, longtime friends Nick and Lee found themselves both deep in writing mode for a new musical outlet. With a similar sound and goal in mind, they decided to collaborate. Conor joined the fold and the trio recorded multiple tracks with mutual producer Nick Sampson. On Halloween 2016, they uploaded one of the instrumental tracks on the Sumerian Records YouTube channel to see who would interlock seamlessly as a vocalist.

As the clip quickly cracked 140,000 views, one vocalist in particular stood out.

'Devin's voice was the perfect contrast to the instrumentation,' comments Conor. 'It was a subconscious thing. We just knew he would fit.'

'He brought in a unique element that we never expected,' adds Nick. 'We wanted a singer whose voice you could identify with the band right off the bat. He was the best fit we could've ever found. Moreover, he felt the music the way we did.'

Without telling a soul, the group finished tracking the collection of songs with Sampson in Michigan before heading to Bakersfield, California to track vocals with none other than hard rock legend Jonathan Davis of KORN. Both producers pushed IN MOTIVE to bend and break boundaries.

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'We're super comfortable with Nick Sampson,' says Nick Rossi. 'He's really tight with us and even played bass on the record. We're all KORN fans, and working with Jonathan was just incredible. To be able to hang with him and get insights into what he's seen throughout his years in the industry and hear his opinion on our songs was unbelievable. He took our vision and helped us get to where we need to be.'

That initial YouTube video turned into 'The Disconnect' — a song powered by warm tones and an unforgettable refrain. Meanwhile, the first single 'Revival' builds from intergalactic six-string soundscapes into an entrancing chant punctuated by falsetto and fire.