For almost 20 years, the seven-piece Denver-based funk and soul ensemble The Motet have been fusing boisterous badass funk and swaggering soul with a thought-provoking inventiveness to create something truly unique. The Motet is continuing to evolve and further define their distinctive sound with the killer collection of feel-good grooves found on Death Or Devotion, their ninth studio album due out via their own label.
Death Or Devotion earmarks an important point in The Motet’s journey. Since emerging in 1998, the group, made up of Dave Watts [drums], Joey Porter [keys], Garrett Sayers [bass], Ryan Jalbert [guitar], Lyle Divinsky [vocals], Drew Sayers [sax]and Parris Fleming [trumpet], have cooked up eight full-length albums and entranced countless crowds. 2016 saw them welcome Divinsky behind the mic and Sayers on sax. Shortly after, they kicked off what has become an annual tradition by selling out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the second time. Along the way, The Motet started recording Death Or Devotion during intermittent sessions at Scanhope Sound in their native Colorado, in 2017. For the first time, Lyle, Drew, and Parris worked on a Motet record together from start-to-finish, and each member of the band brought something different to the mix with their own unique set of musical influences and styles. The collection of nine new songs finds the band pushing boundaries and breaking new ground, welcoming old fans and new audiences alike — continually providing a welcome escape for listeners.