Written By: Kiki Ferguson
Photos By: Greg Horowitz
We rushed over to Terminal West at King Plow just in time to catch the start to a breath-taking journey put on by Consider The Source. Just shut your eyes and relax and let their sci-fi, Middle Eastern rock and funky psychedelic fusion, take you away. Not only do they make you feel like you’re on another planet, but CTS has the ability to make you question the instruments used.
Gabe plays a double-necked guitar customized with MIDI pickups and a fretless neck. This gives him the ability to assemble some of the most creative sounds coming from a guitar. If you weren’t looking at the stage you might be fooled when you hear sounds resembling countless instruments like; a saxophone, violin, trumpet, harp, horn, and even a xylophone. Obviously you hear a couple variations of guitars but his sounds are endless, making one think a band of ten was on stage.
John on the Federa bass amazes as well, as you wonder how he can slap that sucker so fast, displayed in his astounding solo in the towards the end of their set. Jeff plays the drums with an emphasis on Indian tala rhythms, bringing the bands sound altogether. Seamlessly soaring through songs, watching a performance by these guys is almost like observing an orchestra, due to their expertise and cohesiveness.
Not hearing any words the whole show until the last song “Keep Your Pimp Hand Strong.” Right before the drop they added a little humor by sampling Aziz Ansari at one of his stand-up specials, “these beats are dope!” This little sample makes you laugh as you prepare yourself for the mind altering shredding you’re about to hear. CTS is a very unique and talented band from New York.
The time had come for a funky dance party. The Motet is one band that will NOT let you stand still. These guys all contribute so much energy and focus that will make you subconsciously break it down for the entirety of their performance. Jans (vocals) will not start until he’s got a grasp on the energy and vibe from the crowd. Once the energy levels are in place, the show starts.
This evening was the album release party for their self-titled album, warming the crowd up playing some covers and older originals before jumping into the new album. The Motet started the night off with popular song “1,2,3,” a fun interactive track that involves the crowd and holds energy levels way high. Followed by some funky dance and afro disco sounds, the crowd was locked in and ready to show their love helping the band sing “ Dance, Music, Sex & Romance”. With the audience fully participating it was a perfect transition into the next song, “Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed”.
The energy filled within the room was unmatchable. Smiles were seen all around as the entire crowd got down and owned the dance floor, which was very fitting as The Motet came out playing a track titled “Like We Own It.” With the crowd stunned The Motet left the stage but it wasn’t long before the crowd started chanting for them to come back.
Without hesitation they returned to satisfy our souls with one more, and boy did they bring the heat with this encore; covering Jamiroquai’s “Canned Heat.” Leaving it all on stage they rocked out and introduced each member of the band before the show came to an end. The Motet brings the funk out of CO and will continue to do so in a city near you, catch them funking up a city near you. Visit www.themotet.net for tickets and more info.