Lotus Announces Additional Spring Dates

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Lotus hits the road this winter for a run of shows in the country's southeastern states.  The tour comes on the heels of a huge year for Lotus, one that offered widespread exposure for their new album Hammerstrike and massive growth for the band.

The band's 2008 successes, including a coveted cover story in Pollstar Magazine and sold out shows from coast to coast, haven't distracted these humble musicians with Mennonite roots. As their relentless tour schedule proves, Lotus is ready to work. Their winter tour dates are as follows:

February 13           Recher Theatre                        Towson, MD
February 14           Recher Theatre                        Towson, MD
February 15           The Lantern Blacksburg                Blacksburg, VA
February 17           V Club                                Huntington, WV
February 18           THE DAME                              Lexington, KY
February 19           Minglewood Hall                       Memphis, TN
February 20           The Valarium                          Knoxville, TN
February 21           Masquerade - Heaven Room              Atlanta, GA
March 6               Langerado Music Festival              Miami, FL
March 24              Toad's Place                          New Haven, CT
March 25              Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel               Providence, RI
March 26              Port City Music Hall                  Portland, ME
March 27              Higher Ground                         Burlington, VT
March 28              Higher Ground                         Burlington, VT   
March 31              Vogue Theatre                         Indianapolis, IN
April 1               The Crofoot                           Pontiac, MI
April 2               The Canopy Club                       Urbana, IL
April 3               Majestic Theatre                      Madison, WI
April 4               Vic Theatre                           Chicago, IL
April 5               The Intersection                      Grand Rapids, IL
April 7               Tralf Music Hall                      Buffalo, NY
April 8               The Westcott Theater                  Syracuse, NY
April 9               The Chameleon                         Lancaster, PA
April 10              Bowery Ballroom                       New York, NY
April 11              Bowery Ballroom                       New York, NY

For more information and updates visit www.lotusvibes.com.

 

Lotus' most recent album, Hammerstrike (released in October 2008),  finds the band reaching back in order to move forward.  Primarily recorded live in one room to analog tape by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), the album captures a sound that harkens back to the 70's but never slips into nostalgic retreads.  The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises.  Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track.  The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose.  It is a decidedly American feel that invokes big skies, open roads, and a zealous yet naïve pursuit of the idea that defeat will never be conceded.

Lotus formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, and has been creatively fusing electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for the past eight years. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus was a go-to act for late night festival slots this past summer, performing at ROTHBURY, Summerfest, Camp Bisco, and others. Also in 2008, Lotus saw advance sellouts in venues throughout the U.S. including Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, two nights at World Café Live in Philadelphia, two nights at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Higher Ground in Burlington, and Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The band's remix album, Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed was released in spring of 08 to critical acclaim.

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