|Jesse Miller of Lotus performs at Stage AE in 2014. All photos (c) PMR.|
Lotus is back at Stage AE next Friday, January 23, touring in support of their new album, Gilded Age. It's a more conventional rock album from the group, whose previous releases have been heavy on the synths. Tracks like “Out of Focus” trade between post-rock swells and downtempo drumbeats, while earlier numbers are the danceable, guitar-driven variety you've come to expect from Lotus. (The band says the mood of Gilded Age is one of “reflective happiness.”)
The band visited Stage AE last February, and it was one of the first shows we took photos of in 2014. At the time we were struck by how much the band and the crowd fed off of each other's energy: “while it's certainly normal for a band to feed off the energy of the crowd,” we wrote, “by the end of this show the entire pit was dancing in communion with one another, their tempo rising and falling with the music like the bars on an equalizer.”
|Lotus at Stage AE, February 1, 2014.|
It's rare that a band can fuse rock and electronica in a way that doesn't leave you wishing that they'd just focus on just one or the other. So while Lotus are generally referred to as an “electronic jam band,” you'll have to see them for yourself to be able to make a true assessment. (As a matter of fact, when we interviewed the band's bass player, Jesse Miller, he disavowed the “jam” label and all the baggage that comes with it.)
We have a pair of tickets to give away for the show. To enter, email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “Lotus” in the subject line. We'll announce a winner Tuesday, January 20th.
Opening is semi-local jamrock band The Werks. They recently released a new live album recorded at Mr. Smalls, which you can download for free on their Bandcamp page.
– B. Conway