Colorado’s groove-centric funk act The Motet recently announced their new upcoming studio effort Death Or Devotion, due out on January 25th, 2019. The Denver, CO seven-piece consisting of Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Drew Sayers (sax) and Parris Fleming (trumpet) has shared a new single, “Whacha Gonna Bring”, ahead of their upcoming album’s release.
Since The Motet’s inception in 1998, they’ve released eight full-length albums and toured the country relentlessly, playing hundreds and hundreds of shows from coast-to-coast. Death Or Devotion will mark the first Motet studio effort in which Lyle Divinsky, Drew Sayers, and Parris Fleming were all involved with all aspects of the upcoming record, from writing to recording, and finally mastering and preparing for release.
As Divinsky explained in a statement:
The essence is always going to be the groove, but we wanted to expand the idea of what a funk album could be. Of course, you want a driving backbeat. However, with the division that’s going on in this country and the world, I think it’s every artist’s responsibility to create a conversation. That conversation doesn’t have to be political either. It can be about love or an introspective journey. I think the commentary should be on what it’s like to be alive today. By drawing on funk, we create a fun, palatable musical vehicle for the message to go down. Our goal is for you to recognize we’re all dancing on the same dance floor-even though our steps may look a little different.
The Motet released “Whacha Gonna Bring” in conjunction with voter registration non-profit HeadCount‘s Get Out The Vote Campaign. Divinsky adds, “The song is as much a deep pocket heavy groove as it is a reminder that each and every individual has the opportunity to make their voice heard, not only by voting but by bringing positivity and joy to the table.”
HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein adds, “The Motet is a longtime HeadCount partner and has always been a band we consider to be ‘family’. We are touched that they thought of us when releasing ‘Whacha Gonna Bring,’ and the song’s message truly resonates.”
Listen to The Motet’s new single, “Whacha Gonna Bring”, below:
The Motet – “Whacha Gonna Bring”
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The Motet has also announced that Relix will be streaming a free webcast of their upcoming Halloween show featuring special guest Jennifer Hartswick, from the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Fans should tune in for the free webcast Wednesday, October 31st, at 11 p.m. (PST) below:
The Motet w/ Jennifer Hartswick Free Halloween Webcast