Throughout history, unity starts on the dancefloor. From ancient tribal cultures to neon night clubs, beats bring bodies together. Once grinding and grooving in unison, the movement generates friction, sparks, and light. That might just be the purest form of energy on the planet. The Motet harness such energy on their ninth full-length,Â Death or Devotion. In fact, the Denver septetâ€”Dave Watts [drums], Joey Porter [keys], Garrett Sayers [bass], Ryan Jalbert [guitar], Lyle Divinsky [vocals], Drew Sayers [sax], and Parris Fleming [trumpet]â€”encode a message in their energetic mÃ©lange of boisterous badass funk, swaggering soul, and thought-provoking pop.
In the process, they challenge convention and arrive with a dynamic, diverse, and definitive statement.
â€œThe essence is always going to be the groove, but we wanted to expand the idea of what a funk album could be,â€ says Lyle. â€œOf course, you want a driving backbeat. However, with the division thatâ€™s going on in this country and the world, I think itâ€™s every artistâ€™s responsibility to create a conversation. That conversation doesnâ€™t have to be political either. It can be about love or an introspective journey. I think the commentary should be on what itâ€™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 weâ€™re all dancing on the same dance floorâ€”even though our steps may look a little different.â€