Back in May of last year, Dave Watts, the bandleader and drummer for funk staple The Motet, announced a brand-new, all-star side project called Katharsis. For Katharsis, Watts is joined by fan-favorite keyboardist Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven, RAQ), bassist Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine). While The Motet’s fun-loving funk and soul stylings are well documented, Katharsis is a departure from that, instead focusing on funk-rooted collaborative improvisation with a psychedelic twist.

Katharsis made its debut in Denver back in May, and things have kept on building for the group from there. The mesmerizing, psychedelia-drenched band has already released a handful of songs, recorded a twelve-song album that’s set to be released soon, and performed a handful of shows in Colorado, with an upcoming performance at the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 29th marking the band’s New York debut.

Recently, the group released a brand-new song called “Fred”, complete with a trippy visualizer music video. You can hear it for yourself below. Enjoy!

Katharsis – “Fred”



If you like Katharsis, don’t miss their appearance at the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, which will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn BowlMusic Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade.


Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.