The Motet "The Speed Of Light" Tour - Standup Show
General Admission - $24 (plus fees)
Day of Show $27 (plus fees, if available)
limited seating - first come, first served
The Motet "Speed of Light" Tour- Brought to you by the Harvester and 5 Points Music Foundation
- We are excited to announce a special partnership with our good friends at 5 Points Music as they join us in bringing the Motet to the Harvester on 10.18.19. The date also marks the 9th Hearing Birthday for Forest Godsey, the son of Tyler Godsey, 5 Points Music's Director/founder. In honor of this day, 5 Points Music will be running Subpac demos and celebrating the evening with special prizes and give-aways to all Harvester guests.Â Â
- This event is also part of 5 Points Music's new Bus Tour Series, which provides unique VIP concert experiences to venues and concerts throughout the region. Packages for this event include Motet tickets, a VIP shuttle to and from the event with pickups at the Sanctuary and GoFest, and includes dinner w. a beverage. Tickets for this package can be purchased at 5pointsmusic.com.Â
Dave Watts (drums)
Joey Porter (keys)
Garrett Sayers (bass)
Ryan Jalbert (guitar)
Lyle Divinsky (vocals)
Drew Sayers (sax)
Parris Fleming (trumpet)
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, Death or Devotion. In fact, the Denver septetâDave Watts [drums], Joey Porter [keys], Garrett Sayers [bass], Ryan Jalbert [guitar], Lyle Divinsky [vocals], Drew Sayers [sax], and Parris Fleming [trumpet]âencode 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.
âThe 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. âOf course, you want a driving backbeat. However, with the division thatâs going on in this country and the world, I think itâs every artistâs responsibility to create a conversation. That conversation doesnât have to be political either. It can be about love or an introspective journey. I think the commentary should be on what itâs 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 weâre all dancing on the same dance floorâeven though our steps may look a little different.â
Death or Devotion earmarks an important point in the bandâs own journey. Since emerging in 1998, the boys have cooked up eight full-length albums and entranced countless crowds. 2016âs Totem saw them welcome Lyle behind the mic and Drew on sax. Shortly after, they kicked off what has become an annual tradition by selling out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater for the first time. âIt was my six-month anniversary and first show for a hometown crowd,â recalls Lyle. âIâve got 10,000 people looking at me like, âWho the hell is that?â,â he laughs.
That night would be chronicled on the fan favorite Live at Red Rocks. In the meantime, the group maintained a prolific pace of 100 shows per year in support of Totem. Along the way, The Motet started recording Death or Devotion during intermittent sessions at Scanhope Sound in 2017.
For the first time, Lyle, Drew, and Parris (who joined in 2018) worked on a Motet record together from start-to-finish.
âOn Totem, the train was already moving, and I was just a train hopper,â says Lyle.
âDrew, Parris, and I came onboard within the same year. Now, weâre all bringing our pieces to the puzzle. For me, I brought that R&B style. Funk is the common ground, but the music is a result of different inspirations: namely Drewâs hip-hop and reggae knowledge, Ryanâs psychedelic jamming, Dave with the worldbeat, Joey with his encyclopedic understanding of punk, and Garrett being the best bass player to exist. We found a really cool balance between the funkiness and songs that challenge your emotional headspace more than typical pop.â
The first single âThat Dreamâ showcases the myriad of musical flavors from all seven members. Clean palm-muted guitars bristle against a swaggering beat as the horns enliven each verse, while a vocal call-and-response relays a head-spinning tale.
âI took a nap, and I had the craziest dream Iâve ever had,â he recalls. âIn the dream, Iâm heartbroken from a nonexistent relationship, so I go out to a bar. I get seduced by this beautiful woman who serves me a glass of wine with poison. I wake up handcuffed and sheâs stealing from me and torturing me. It was so dark, but I woke up and thought, âThat would be a crazy subject to write a party song about!ââ
Elsewhere, âHighly Compatibleâ hinges on an unshakable riff and raucous refrain upheld by sizzling sax. âItâs like that beautiful moment of falling in love where you recognize something as supremely real-life magic,â Lyle goes. âHarry Potter couldnât conjure a better spell. Itâs the magnetic nature of the chemistry. We captured that chemical recognition.â
From the infectious hooks of âContagiousâ to the instrumental fireworks on âSpeed of Light,â The Motet ultimately propose an important question at the heart of Death Or Devotion.
âWhat are you going to bring to yourself and the world?â, Lyle leaves off. âAre you going to bring death, or are you going to bring devotion? The choice is yours. When you listen to this record, Iâd love for you to walk away feeling a little bit more connected, whether it be to yourself, to your friends, or to your community. Being able to drop all of the vision for a minute, be present, smile, and dance reminds us weâre all going through this together.â