The Motet
With the release of their new album, Instrumental Dissent, The Motet is ready for its latest transformation.

Instrumental Dissent reflects much of the band's new, electronically textured explorations while still driving home hard hitting, percussive dance grooves. The album touches on many of the band's influences, from afro-beat to salsa, in addition to delving into new realms of house, break-beat, and down-tempo. Instrumental Dissent is a hypnotic creation which will have old Motet fans excited by the new direction of the band, and new fans captivated by the group's deliciously trancy throw down.

"This album is exciting for me because we're digging into new territory," said Motet founder, Dave Watts.

Instrumental Dissent demonstrates The Motet's ever-evolving sound with it's innovative use of electronica, house, and trance, layered within a jazz format. The album also includes vocal samples rooted in activism and non-violence, with the words of such outspoken social commentators as Noam Chomski, Harry Bellafonte, and others.

"We've included these voices because we feel that as musicians we have a responsibility to promote positive change. Social change is as important as musical change, and it's sometimes difficult for an instrumental band to bring that message" said Watts.

By allowing the music to tell their story and the dance beats to enrapture audiences, The Motet's new album is a record to be reckoned with.

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Death Cube K Mon 7/10/2006 09:35AM
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Death Cube K

at bonnaroo, failed

barstoolrodeo4 starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/10/2006 10:23AM
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I thought the show at Bonnaroo rocked (HUGE dance party), a bio step for a band who doesn't play many big festivals. Love their new sound these days, it has this electronic vibe that smacks of New Dealesque house beats while keepin that Motet feel to it.

discobret starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/10/2006 11:07AM
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AWESOME! I can't wait to hear Instrumental Dissent. Besides Phish I've seen The Motet more than any other band, and they NEVER disapoint! Their new songs that I've heard live are more trance based, yet they keep the signature Motet sound! VERY EXCITED!

dvanscoten starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/10/2006 11:34AM
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motet rules like pizza...always good no matter what..

The Glick Mon 7/10/2006 11:52AM
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The Glick

They sounded great at HSMF! I'm looking forward to this new album.

kimmiet319 Mon 7/10/2006 12:44PM
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they were great at bonnaroo.

FatChance starstarstarstar Mon 7/10/2006 02:43PM
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i have been seeing The Motet for over 6 years and a few iterations, and this is the best yet. There is great chemistry among members, and the new guitarist rocks. Also, Garrett Sayers, the bassist, now does scatting so good it reminds me of Oteil Burbridge. The new Motet rocked in Seattle last month and at High Sierra Music Festival.

Lastly, i have been lurking here for a while, and I constantly see that 'Jets19rule' says stuff without backing it up. I have seen a lot of stupid stuff said by this person and knows very little of what it is like to be 'pushin' the good vibes' (oh, and please don't go to any ALO or The Motet shows if you are reading this, Jets19rule! please stay far away from us---we like to dance and smile a lot!)

dannymo starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/10/2006 05:26PM
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the Kinks said it best... Wish I could be like David Watts.. Great drummer

DJ Saturday Baxter starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/10/2006 07:05PM
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DJ Saturday Baxter

I am funk groove freak...and i gotta say, the motet is the shit! i saw them last Halloween in Boulder (Micheal JACKSON) it was off the hook! Watts has the vision of funk that a lot of us are looking for. the past Halloweens they have covered such acts as: micheal jacksons, herbie hancock, tower of power, and prince. that do some of the choicest cover, from roy ayers, to afro beat madness! the bass player is a mad funk machine. the keyboard player is a herbie specialist...crazy rhodes, and watts on drums leaves you speachless. this band is really funky , yet ultra smoooooth.

Death Cube K Mon 7/10/2006 08:09PM
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Death Cube K

I confused the motet with toubab crew. RESPECT for motet

CSchneids929 Tue 7/11/2006 09:37AM
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very good opening show at bonnaroo nice jazzy electronic dance music

dcpruyn starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/11/2006 02:40PM
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Right on's Davey(remember from Bolaterri's Tennis Camp and Trinity) out here showing my Support. Hope to catch you in Albuquerque or SantaFe sometime. don't know if you get on JamBase, but take care. i'll leave a comment on Motet's Myspace too

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saw the Motet once at smilefest 2003. they bring intensity, dancebeat, and driving heat!!! Consistently HOT music.. The new album is no exception, Dave Watts is a great writer, if anything negative, many of the songs sound alot alike, but that is what brings a band identity. I recommend the new album to anyone that liked the past albums, like music for life, Instrumental Dissent, is very similiar. Its hot music, and should appeal to many, I truly do love the Motet and I hope they come to the southeast someday and play a club in ATL, or Knox, or Chattanoooga!!