The future of funk is clear on The Motets new self-released studio album, Totem, which hits streets July 8, 2016. The 12 tracks on Totem, all originals, cover a lot of ground stylistically while never losing sight of the groove. Produced by Lettuce and Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Totem was written collectively by the seven members of the band. Each song is steeped in The Motets signature style that slaps you in the face with sounds that are fresh and unique. Just how did The Motet find the funk? Simply put, they dissected it. We have put together funk-themed Halloween shows for the past fifteen years, where we pay tribute to a particular artist or play a Mixtape set of music culled from a certain year, shares Dave Watts. The Motet began in 1998 in Denver, Colorado, where the bands then-rotating cast of musicians amassed an enthusiastic and loyal throng of hometown fans. The Motet took their infectious dance parties on the road about three years ago, and their national fan base has been growing exponentially ever since. Today their shows sell out from coast to coast at such venues as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Brooklyn Bowl, Chicagos Park West, The Independent in San Francisco, Tipitinas in New Orleans, Portlands Crystal Ballroom, and Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. A favorite along the festival circuit, The Motet has performed at Electric Forest, Summer Camp, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Bonnoroo, Peach Fest and many others.The Motet are Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keyboards), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabriel Mervine (trumpet), and Drew Sayers (saxophone).