As far as the public could see, The Motors were a 4-piece band. Indeed the first two albums (‘1’ and ‘Approved By’) featured the four band members on the cover. However in reality only Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster were signed to Virgin, with Bram Tchaikovsky and Rick Slaughter being employed as backing musicians.

It was perhaps this arrangement that led to tensions within the band and the departure of Rick and Bram in 1978.

For The Motors’ third album (‘Tenement Steps’) released in 1980, Nick and Andy were joined in the audio by Martin Ace (bass) and Terry Williams (drums). The band never toured with this line-up.

The Motors were formed in February 1977. Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster had originally met whilst they were members of pub-rock band Ducks Deluxe.

After leaving Ducks Deluxe in 1975, Nick had been in a band short-lived band called The Snakes with Richard Wernham, and Rick was later recruited to The Motors to play the drums, by this time using the stage name Rick Slaughter.

Guitarist Rob Hendry completed the line-up, and The Motors went on the road, playing their first professional gig at Stevenage College on Friday 4th March 1977.

The Motors recorded a John Peel session with this line up on 22nd March 1977, and the band also recorded 'Dancing The Night Away' in the studio during the same month.

The band did a few gigs, wholly in the London area, but in May 1977, they supported the Kursaal Flyers on tour and toured a variety of venues in the UK.

Rob Hendry departed the band in May 1977 and was replaced by Bram Tchaikovsky. Bram's first documented gig was in Manchester on 9th June 1977 although it is likely he played with the band before this, perhaps at the start of The Motors supporting slot with Heavy Metal Kids from 1st June 1977.

At the end of that month, The Motors entered the studio to record their debut album. 'Dancing The Night Away' may have been re-recorded with Bram now on board.

In August 1977, the band had a slot at Reading Festival, playing to weary revellers in the Sunday lunchtime slot.

September 1977 saw things really start moving for The Motors, with their debut single and album being released during the month, both of which entered their respective charts, and the band also achieved a slot on BBC's Top Of The Pops to promote 'Dancing The Night Away'.

The music press (eg NME, Melody Maker, Record Mirror etc) were giving The Motors lots of attention around this time, and the band kicked off their first headline tour at Bedford Nitespot on 16th September. The tour took The Motors to all four corners of the UK, and they played just short of 30 dates in a month.

Late October saw The Motors return to a supporting slot again, touring the UK with Wishbone Ash, and the end of the month saw them play support to Dave Edmunds' and Nick Lowe's Rockpile in London. (This will have been the first time Nick and Andy met Terry Williams, who was to join the band for the recording of the 'Tenement Steps' LP in 1980).

Early November saw the band's 2nd single released ('Be What You Gotta Be'), which unlike its predecessor did not chart. The month saw the band depart to America for a 5 week tour, returning to the UK just before Christmas, and in time to play two headline gigs at the Marquee Club in London on 22nd/23rd December. The set on 23rd December was recorded and later broadcast on Capital Radio. Two of the songs from this gig ('Be What You Gotta Be' and 'Cold Love') were officially released on the b-side of 'Airport' ('Cold Love' on the 7" version and both on the 12" version) in 1978.

In January 1978, the band took a well earned rest from live performances and rehearsed for the recording of their second album ('Approved By') which commenced in February 1978.

'Approved By' was released in April 1978, as well as a new single 'Sensation', and the band played a series of dates on the near continent.

On 1st May 1978, the band went on the road again in the UK with an extensive headline tour, supported by Marseille and The Jolt, which saw them do 20 gigs on the trot, with the first break not occurring until 21st May. In fact the band only had 3 nights off during the whole of May.

During the month, 'Airport' was the second single release from the album, which was to become The Motors best known hit, reaching number 4 in the UK singles charts, and two further appearances on Top Of The Pops.

In June 1978, the band again toured Europe and the USA, before returning at the end of the month to play 5 gigs in the London area.

In July 1978, Bram Tchaikovsky played his first solo dates at 6 small clubs, with his band 'Battleaxe'.

With 'Forget About You' being earmarked as the next single, the band were lacking a b-side, so returned to the studio to record 'Picturama'. A longer version appeared on the 12" version of the single, comprising three titles 'Picturama', 'The Middle Bit' and 'Soul Surrender'.

The single was released in August, and entered the top-20. It is clear from the band's promotion of the track on 'Top Of The Pops' that things were not running smoothly in the Motors engine room with Rick and Bram both looking like they wished they were elsewhere.

August also saw Bram recording tracks for his first solo LP (produced by Nick Garvey), and another solo tour with Battleaxe in which 10 dates were played in London and Scotland and many places in between.

At the end of the month The Motors played their last major gig at the Reading Festival on Saturday 26th August, followed by three gigs in Belfast and Dublin on 28th, 29th and 30th.

After 17 months, The Motors were worn out and came off the road for a well earned rest. Sadly, The Motors were never to perform live again.

In November 1978, 'Today' was released at the next single from 'Approved By', which was itself re-released with a revised sleeve. Following the relatively low album chart placing of the album, despite a top-10 single and extensive supporting tour, a survey was undertaken from which it was determined that the fickle record buying public did not like the cover, which resulted in the initial release being withdrawn.

1979 saw Bram undertaking more solo dates and Nick and Andy writing the next Motors album ('Tenement Steps'). Things must have been moving pretty quickly as there was talk of 'Love & Loneliness' being released as a single as early as August 1979 - the band had only started recording the album during that month (now with Martin Ace on bass and Terry Williams on drums).

'Tenement Steps' was released in Spring 1980, with 'Love & Loneliness' being the main single. Despite extensive airplay and press promotion, and incentives such as coloured vinyl, 'Love & Loneliness' only managed to reach the top 60 and the album did not chart. There could have been reasons for this, such as the lack of any television appearances to promote the release. Furthermore, the album only contained 8 (albeit long) tracks, one of which (‘Here Comes The Hustler’) had already been released on the b-side of 'Today' in 1978.

1980 saw a further two tracks from the LP released as singles, 'That's What John Said' in May, and 'Metropolis' in September. 'Tenement Steps' was released as a single in Europe but not in the UK. Sadly, none of these charted, Nick and Andy gave it all up, and The Motors had officially been scrapped.

Nick went on to release an LP, 'Blue Skies', in 1982 (also on Virgin), and Andy released a single (’No Joy’) in 1987.

In later years, Andy continued to record sporadically and some of his tracks have now turned up on Andy's MySpace page. Nick played in a covers band called The Dynamos in Basingstoke in the 2000s.

Individual member history pre-The Motors is pretty well documented online (associations with Ducks Deluxe, The Snakes, Frankie Miller etc). See individual band member pages for further info.