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- The Motet Dave Watts (drums) Joey Porter (keys) Garrett Sayers (bass) Ryan Jalbert (guitar) Lyle Divinsky (vocals) Drew Sayers (sax) Parris Fleming (trumpet) —
- ‘Death or Devotion’ Release: Jan. 25, 2019 Press: Denver-based funk and soul ensemble The Motet has officially released their new album, Death Or Devotion, today, January 25th. The 10-track album, the group’s ninth studio album available via their own label, is a killer collection of feel good grooves featuring the singles “Highly Compatible,” “Whacha Gonna Bring,” “Supernova” and “Get It Right.”Death Or Devotion earmarks an important point in The Motet’s journey. For 20 years, the seven-piece (Dave Watts [drums], Joey Porter [keys], Garrett Sayers [bass], Ryan Jalbert [guitar], Lyle Divinsky [vocals], Drew Sayers [sax] and Parris Fleming [trumpet]) have been fusing boisterous badass funk and swaggering soul with a thought-provoking inventiveness to create something truly unique. The new album, recorded at Scanhope Sound in their native Colorado, marks the first time Lyle, Drew and Parris worked on a Motet record together from start-to-finish. Each member of the band brought something different to the mix with their own unique set of musical influences and styles. The new collection of songs finds the band pushing boundaries and breaking new ground, welcoming old fans and new audiences alike – continually providing a welcome escape for listeners.To support the album’s release, The Motet will make their way across the country this Winter hitting such markets as Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, Berkeley, Charlotte, Richmond, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Nashville, among others. Additionally, The Motet will stop in Boston, Philadelphia and Brooklyn alongside fellow funk band Galactic, with whom they’ll also co-headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre with on Friday, July 12. This summer’s date will mark the band’s fifth annual appearance at the legendary venue in their home state of Colorado.
- In concert Feb. 22 – Berkeley, CA | UC Theater (w/ John Medeski’s Mad Skillet) March 1 – Crystal Bay, NV | Crystal Bay Club (w/ Dirty Revival) March 2 – Crystal Bay, NV | Crystal Bay Club (w/ Organ Freeman) March 7 – Charlotte, NC | Neighborhood Theater (w/ No BS Brass Band) March 8 – Richmond, VA | The National (w/ No BS Brass Band) March 9 – Washington, DC | 9:30 Club (w/ No BS Brass Band) March 14 – Jacksonville, FL | 1904 Music Hall (w/ Exmag) March 15 – Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse (w/ Naughty Professor) March 16 – Nashville, TN | Exit/In (w/ Electric Kif) May 31 – June 2 – Ozark, AR | Backwoods Camping & Music Festival July 12 – Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ Galactic and Moon Hooch) July 24 – 28 – Floyd, VA | FloydFest — Images from the 2018 show at Crystal Bay Casino
- “Death Or Devotion sounds like a musical time capsule that was contributed to by heavyweights like Teddy Pendergrass, The Neville Brothers, Zapp and Roger, Tower of Power, and Earth Wind and Fire.” – Music Marauders
- “They have a sound that is instant classic. The Motet combine funk, soul and attitude to create something special that classic soul lovers will dig.” – SoulTracks
- “From the down and dirty funk of ‘Whatcha Gonna Bring’ to the classic disco of ‘Highly Compatible,’ The Motet brings the party but also a message, one that is very much needed these days, of unity and acceptance. The funk may be dirty but the message is clear.” – AXS
- “Death Or Devotion showcases the band’s reverence for the funk tradition through masterful execution of the style. Each track exudes booty-shaking energy, thanks to airtight grooves from the rhythm section, crisp but nasty horn lines, and soulful vocals.” – BandWagon Magazine