MOTE says, “My favorite thing about World Wide Love, because there isn’t a definition, is that the phrase prompts the listener to imagine what world wide love looks like and feels like in their own mind. The song is very open to interpretation, but while I was writing it, I was thinking about how looking inside and trying to understand one’s self benefits everyone else too.”
Recorded over the course of two years, “Get the Door” marks a departure for Mote, towards a more direct and refined rock driven sound. Intertwined with a full spectrum of eclectic influences ranging from Hip-Hop and Dance to Folk. The travel ready sounds of Mote could easily find a home on the streets of Europe or the coastlines of California, a unique representation of the burgeoning diversification of the Nashville music landscape. From the bright punk undertones of “Day 2” to the ambient-alternative pulse of “World Wide Love”, Get the Door finds its anchor in the often ethereal and sometimes instrument like quality of Joe Schneider’s voice, delivering a message steeped in hope. Even in moments hued in a darker palette, like the mid-album folk twinge of “Ravens”, a hopeful overtone prevails in the overarching theme of the search for love and illumination in challenging times.
Originally planned to be created over the course of a year, a serious illness sidelined Joe Schneider from a blossoming career for over a year. Setting into motion a period of obvious challenges and an unavoidable atmosphere of reflection. Where some might find an easy escape in the bitterness of a road block of this nature, “Get The Door” serves as proof of the unwavering optimism of Mote and it’s center point Joe Schneider. Like the first light refracting against the water on a foggy morning, these seven songs feel like a call to wake up, and spare a moment for hope that is always available. 2019 serves as a new launch point and rebirth for Mote, with “Get The Door” being the first step towards what is sure to be a resonant future.