Noteworthy: Totem by The Motet

motetcoverColorado-based funk rock band The Motet releases its new studio album, Totem, July 8. Produced by Lettuce and Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Totem was written collectively by all seven members of the band. Each song is steeped in The Motet’s signature style that slaps you in the face with sounds that are fresh and unique.

Earlier this year, the band announced the addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who fans the flames of this already hot band. “There was a month and a half between the time I joined the band and when we went into the studio,” explains Divinsky. “I wound up writing the lyrics and melodies to four songs, and re-wrote the lyrics to two. It gave me and the band an opportunity to really connect musically. We’re deeply proud of this album and it’s very exciting to have this new material to push out as we begin this next phase of The Motet’s journey.”

The Motet, which began in 1998, where the band’s then-rotating cast of musicians amassed an enthusiastic and loyal hometown fanbase. Today, its shows sell out coast to coast and feature full-time members Dave Watts on drums, Joey Porter on keyboards, Garrett Sayers on bass, Ryan Jalbert on guitar, Gabriel Mervine on trumpet, Lyle Divinsky on vocals and Drew Sayers on saxophone.

The Motet headlines Red Rocks Amphitheatre, July 22, with Medeski Martin & Wood and Vulfpeck, with DJ Mikey Thunder spinning between sets. Crooked Stave celebrates the band’s new album with its limited edition Damn! IPA draft and Totem Wild Ale in bottles. Additionally, Sweet Cow locations will be offering Motet Mocha starting July 15.

Get full Totem details and pre-order now at


  1. The Truth
  2. Fool No More
  3. Know it Too Well
  4. Rippin’ Herb
  5. Damn!
  6. Solar Plexus
  7. So High
  8. Cretan
  9. Danger
  10. Cloak and Dagger
  11. Back it Up
  12. Contraband

Originally published in the July 2016 issue of the MMAC Monthly

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