The Motet Takes the East Coast By Storm

The Motet
After two long years the newly revamped Motet is heading back to the East Coast, making stops in Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.

The Motet's latest album, Instrumental Dissent (their final collaboration with percussionist Scott Messersmith), is an album that proves The Motet will not be confined by genre.

"Our tendency to avoid being pigeon-holed is a reflection of who we are as musicians," said Motet's drummer Dave Watts, the band's founding member. "We try to be open-minded about how we approach different genres and traditions."

Since The Motet's inception, songwriting has been the task of Watts, an unusual trade for a drummer. But with the departure of Messersmith, a nine-year Motet veteran, bass virtuoso Garret Sayers has stepped up with fresh ideas for a new direction. While Messersmith was driven by a love for Afrobeat and Cuban music, Sayers' influences represent the new paradigm for ever-evolving Motet sound.

In a recent interview with Bass Player Magazine Sayers spoke of his musical influences. "I'm drawn to songwriting and general emotion. It's a reaction from playing and listening to jazz as a teenager. At one point I realized jazz didn't inspire me as much as bands like Radiohead and Boards Of Canada. So I gravitated more toward song-oriented indie rock and electronic music, which has been my focus ever since."

With Sayers' passion for indie rock and electronica and The Motet's history of improvisational exploration, the group is headed in a new direction that is sure please fans, both old and new.

Bringing a dynamic sound that defies classification and a live performance that must be seen to be believed, The Motet is sure to have the east coast begging for more.

Upcoming Dates Include:
03.25 The Goat Tavern: Keystone, CO
04.17 Attitudes: Blacksburg, VA
04.18 Frostburg State, Frostburg, MD
04.19 Paradise Lounge: Boston, MA
04.20 Sully's Pub: Hartford, CT
04.21 Pearl Street Night Club: Northampton, MA
04.23 SOB's: New York City, NY
04.24 Castaway's: Ithaca, NY
04.25 Waterstreet Music Hall: Rochester, NY
04.26 Java Barn: Canton, NY
04.28 Mezzanote Lounge: Syracuse, NY
04.30 Chamaleon Club: Lancaster, PA
05.02 The Kent Stage: Kent, OH
05.03 Kinetic Playground: Chicago, IL
05.05 Der Rathskeller: Madison, WI
06.02 Ft. Collins/Loveland Municipal Airport: Loveland, CO
06.07 Wakarusa Music Festival, Lawrence, KS

[Published on: 3/23/07]

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trout18 starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/23/2007 12:38PM
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they were great a bonnaroo last year!

Simz starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/23/2007 01:11PM
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Hows their new album?

craikes13 starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/23/2007 01:42PM
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Good stuff..........not very many dates though. =(

jasonthehead starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/23/2007 01:54PM
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Love these guys...hope they get added to HSMF, as well as Magic Gravy, Dave & Garret w/ Dan Lebowitz from ALO. They had the sickest superlatenight stealth set last year at HSMF....where else? The JamBase tent.

deadhead7 Fri 3/23/2007 02:53PM
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so few dates... so sad! they were awesome at Bonnaroo last year, and their album is a really good listen as well!
add more dates!

gkord Fri 3/23/2007 02:58PM
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These guys are sick!

cliffcliffordjr Fri 3/23/2007 03:28PM
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Big Yeeeaaaaahoooo! Garrett's coming home on 4/20. See ya'll at Sully's. Get your ducate early. The Following evening, Patty Griffin at The Calvin in Northhampton, and Motet late night up the street at Pearl Street. Wow! What a weekend that's going to be.

1 Fri 3/23/2007 04:39PM
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VERY excited for the Chicago date. Get there early as Chicago's The Hue will be kicking off the evening with some dancepartyfusion.

DJ Saturday Baxter Fri 3/23/2007 05:23PM
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DJ Saturday Baxter

i am a little worried. i have been listening to the MOTET for years. I have flown really far to see them on their crazy halloween shows. but...indie rock...that sucks big time!!!! the reason why the motet is so sick is because they play latin music that fuckin grooves. they play the nastiest Herbie hancock, Michael Jackson, Prince , Roy Ayers, etc... it seems that there arent many bands that really play all funky and groovin music. they may play one song that is funky, then go into some lame rock n roll shit. I hope they keep that soul/funk/groove/latin vibe. Sayers is one of the funkiest bass players out there...but indie ROCK!? that would be the death of one of the sickest bands out there. I find that the funkiest music is outside the jamband world. we still have Jamiroquoi and RAD.

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every album they release is great. I love the new one too.
Dave Watts is quite a writer. They are super tight.
Next to the Motet, Garaj Mahal, and Vinyl are sick too..
check it :P peas

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Hey could we have some Tennessee or georgia dates someday???
Show us the LOVE.. peas..

EVILFUNK Fri 3/23/2007 07:05PM
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Garret Sayers.....that fuckin' kid can play!

gazzy starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/24/2007 02:25PM
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Dave Watt's is one of the nicest guys. I haven't seen the Motet in years. So long that the band has changed members. I would really like to see them again. You should try to come to Minneapolis after your Madison show. Good places to play would be the Cabooze, the Nomad, the 400 bar. Please come up some time. Thanks.

FREAKYTRIXIE starstar Sat 3/24/2007 05:55PM
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I saw them recently and all I can say is "Bring Scott Back!!!!". Don't care for the new direction.

lexslamman Sun 3/25/2007 12:38PM
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I was highly impressed with these fellas at Bonnaroo last year, they were definitely the best show of the first night.

FatChance Mon 3/26/2007 10:18AM
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their latest album is the best...the percussionist is making a mistake leaving just when thigns keep getting better. and to the dude who is freaked out by Sayer's interest in Indie the faith...the Motet is playing great music and they are still staying true to their roots. Go check out the new album!

Mr. Holland's O-Face starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 03:55PM
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Mr. Holland's O-Face

Saw them this past September, and they played "Dont Stop Till You Get Enough, ABC's, and I Want You Back. It was SICK NASTY! And the lead singer came out and chatted it up with us afterwards. Cool band, even cooler sound. Check 'em out

All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 3/27/2007 10:33AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

it's about time! while i am a little stewed about there being no philly show, the one hour trek to lancaster should be worth it.

whowhat starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/9/2007 12:01PM
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yes. this is great....and mr. maximus. it looks like the philly show is on. at the fire. you should check their website. i found this funny little video about their upcoming tour too...