Honor By August (formerly known as Motive) is an American modern rock band from Washington, D.C.. They come from the same scene around Georgetown University that spawned Vertical Horizon.
Their first big break was opening for Hanson at the 9:30 Club as a result of winning a "battle of the bands" contest.The group won first prize in the pop category of Billboard Magazine's World Song Contest for the song "Only in Photographs".They also won a competition, out of over 150 bands, to open for Bon Jovi at a sold-out show at the DC-area arena, MCI Center. Additionally, the group has played shows with Hootie & the Blowfish, Howie Day, Hanson, Ingram Hill, Pat McGee Band, Emerson Hart, Keith Kane (of Vertical Horizon), Virginia Coalition, Emmet Swimming, Aslyn, Michael Tolcher, State Radio, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Washington Social Club and the The Alternate Routes. They won the BMI/Pulse Battle of the Boat competition to play on The Rock Boat in 2007.
Their album Drowning Out the Television was released in 2006, then re-released in 2007 with bonus material. It is produced by Ted Comerford. Both the original release and the re-release were made available on Aware Records's website and hit #1 in sales.
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