Amazingly it is 20 years since Ulterior Motives released their first album “Rooks”. After playing together as a live band ,with occasional breaks , since the early 80’s we finally got together to record and release this CD in 2001.
The album features : Alan Maskell; Guitar and Vocals, Pete Young ; Keyboards and Vocals, Gus Mills ; Bass and Vocals , John Hedgecock ; Drums . Additionally former band member Graham “Snowy” Taylor guests on Saxophone on three tracks .
We recorded in a number of locations in and around Wantage, with much of the final engineering and production by Andy Boyd.
We chose a mix of material covering the bands lifespan including old songs like “The Trap” and “Where do we Go “right through to the newest material like “Distant” and “Underdog”
We always felt this album was underrated and were limited in the amount of promotion we were able to give it .
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary, we decided to make Rooks available on all the commercial streaming services ( Which didn’t exist in 2001 ) so please give it a listen.
If you like you can also buy a download from our Bandcamp Page :https://ulteriormotives2.bandcamp.com/album/rooks-2
When I go back and listen to it the album still retains a freshness and invention , but retaining the tight sound of a regularly gigging band.
Who knows, we may even get out there and play an anniversary concert if we’re able ………………………