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The Dig: May Tour Dates With The Joy Formidable

On the heels of tours with both Editors and The Antlers, and Portugal. The Man and Port O'Brien, New York City's fast rising up-and-comers The Dig have announced new May dates in support of The Joy Formidable. The band will first perform at the inaugural Truck America festival at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, on April 30th before embarking on their week-long trip with the UK band. The tour will begin May 1st at a sold-out show at the Mercury Lounge in The Dig's hometown and will end May 8th in Albany, NY, at Jillian's.


Having recently inked a distribution deal with Megaforce, The Dig's debut album Electric Toys - recorded this past summer with producer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & the Johnsons, The Ramones, Bishop Allen) - will now be released June 8th. This evening, meanwhile, viewers can tune in to NBC's new drama Trauma to hear a preview of the album's slow-build-to-burn opener "Carry Me Home," which will be featured on tonight's episode (9pm EST/8pm CST). This is the second primetime song placement for the young band: album track "Look Inside" was featured on The CW's The Vampire Diaries in January. Multiple tracks can currently be heard on the band's MySpace page, while "You're Already Gone" can be downloaded here.


The Dig's summer touring plans will be announced soon.


The Dig tour dates:

APR. 30 BIG INDIAN, NY TRUCK AMERICA (Full Moon Resort)

MAY 1 NEW YORK, NY MERCURY LOUNGE (SOLD OUT)*

MAY 4 TORONTO, ON HORSESHOE TAVERN*

MAY 5 MONTREAL, QC THE GREEN ROOM*

MAY 6 BOSTON, MA HARPER'S FERRY*

MAY 7 PHILADELPHIA, PA KUNG FU NECKTIE*

MAY 8 ALBANY, NY JILLIAN'S*

* with The Joy Formidable

The Dig is: David Baldwin (guitar, vocals), Emile Mosseri (bass, vocals), Erick Eiser (keys, guitar), and Jamie Alegre (drums).

The MOTET Dig Deep with summer album release

With its 6th release, Dig Deep, The Motet once again proves that it is a group committed to exploring and pushing the sonic envelope, while still remaining dedicated to the musical traditions that have defined their sound. A heavy-horned afrobeat influence countered with a textural blanket of electronica, this album showcases the talents and strengths of the cast of characters that drummer and producer Dave Watts has assembled. Keyboardist Joey Porter lays down the funk under the coursing melodies of saxophonist Dominic Lalli in pure Motet fashion, with the ever-driving beats of Watts' masterful rhythmic production pushing the music through sonic peaks and valleys that tantalize and invigorate listeners. If you've loved The Motet for years or are just tuning in, listen up. You won't be disappointed.

The Motet is known for its revolving musicians and a breadth of musical influences, and Dig Deep plays to the strengths of many former and current members. Bassists Garrett Sayers and Paul McDaniel both shine brilliantly on Dig Deep, adding the sonic drive that is characteristic of The Motet's sound, which has steadily morphed and evolved over the last ten years. Sayers' bass solo on 'Guru' is a perfect example of his technical virtuosity, and with this, Watts as a producer has captured a quintessential Motet moment. The title track 'Dig Deep' showcases another side of The Motet low-end, heavy-bass sound, with McDaniel laying down raw grooves in an open section that is peppered with Watts' sonic explorations.

Longtime fans of The Motet will be happy to hear Jans Ingber's voice on 'Push,' a track that was born from an improvisational moment during the band's New Years 2009 show. Last featured on The Motet's 2000 release Play, Beth Quist's soaring vocals are highlighted on the Fela Kuti track 'Kalakuta Show' and the tune 'The Luxury of Doubt,' a collaborative effort with Watts. Throughout Dig Deep, percussionist Scott Messersmith adds his signature textural rhythms, anchoring the evolutionary sound of the band in its Afro-Cuban and West African roots. His contributions are particularly salient in the afrobeat tunes 'Mighty' and 'Roforofo Fight." Guitarists Mike Tiernan and Zivanni Masango both add their talents on Dig Deep, as do Danny Sears on trumpet and John Stuart on baritone saxophone. With this mix of talented musicians contributing to the album, it is no wonder the album sounds as good as it does. But at the helm is drummer Dave Watts, simultaneously embodying the roles of bandleader, musician, composer, and producer. It is Watts' creative imagination that drives Dig Deep, mixing recorded and sampled tracks that seamlessly carry the music forward throughout the album. As a drummer, Watts has been called "the human metronome." His sense of timing and polyrhythmic understanding is what has made him a force in the live music scene for over twenty years.

Dig Deep is his most in-depth exploration into production work thus far. Watts has amply represented the layered electronica-funk vibe that has begun to characterize The Motet's sound over the last few years, and he has truly "dug deep" to bring you Dig Deep.

The Motet Dig Deep: New Album Release!

Packed with all new material and masterfully produced by drummer Dave Watts, The Motet’s highly anticipated studio release, Dig Deep, will be celebrated in true Motet fashion with three CD release parties in Colorado starting July 9th. Dig Deep is a tapestry of sound that pushes the expectations of any listener who is familiar with the band’s signature mix of afrobeat, electronica, funk, and jazz. Albino! joins The Motet for the three night party, which opens at the Boulder Theater on July 9th, moves south to Cervantes’s Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver on July 10th, and then wraps up at The Mishawaka Amphitheater in Bellvue, CO on July 11.

motetDig Deep presents The Motet revisited and refreshed, showcasing 12 great musicians who have contributed to the band over the years. Much of the material is geared toward the studio setting rather than their famed live shows, which is evident in Watts’ rich production of interweaving rhythms and melodies. But in addition, every song on the 11-track album expresses the talents of these great musicians and plays well to the roots of the band’s signature sound.

The album, in a sense, is a family reunion with Dave Watts on the drums, Joey Porter on keyboards, Scott Messersmith on percussion, Mike Tiernan on guitar, Garrett Sayers on bass, and the powerhouse horn section of Dominic Lalli (tenor), John Stewart (baritone), and Dan Sears (trumpet). Beth Quist and Jans Ingber put their touch on three tracks with some strong vocals and the recording is rounded out with Paul McDaniel on bass and Zivanni Masango on guitar.

The record will be available at the shows for the ridiculously low price of $1 and will be made available for download on the band’s MySpace page. Once again, all three shows will also include, direct from San Francisco, the fantastic afrobeat big-band Albino!. These two groups together will be a rare treat for Colorado music lovers.

For more information about the three-night celebration, visit: MySpace & Website .

Shows:
July 9 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
July 10 – Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
July 11 – The Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Bellvue, CO