For those waiting for a concert experience with the dynamics of a rock band (read: no laptops), the dance inducing rhythms of club music, and the sophistication of modern electronica, an unlikely musical alternative has arrived in the form of the band Lotus. Formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, Lotus brings their club-worthy beats and rocking instrumental anthems to theaters throughout the country this fall. No glow-stick bracelets, pretentious Can trivia, or expensive distressed fashion required.
In January 2008, Lotus embarks on their "Copy Paste Repeat" tour, which celebrates the release of Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed, and album the band released this past November. The recording offers 12 remixes by renowned producers including DFA Records artist Juan Maclean, DJ Harry, and Lotus's own Jesse Miller. Lotus's post/electro/dancerock is deconstructed and reassembled into club ready dance, dub, glitch-hop, and IDM tracks. The band's website is currently offering up the source files for the track 'Bubonic Tonic' for fans to create their own remix and submit for review. The site will feature the band's favorite submissions.
Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed comes on the heels of the band's third studio album. Escaping Sargasso Sea, released May 2007, is a double-disc live album that draws from two previous studio albums, Nomad and The Strength of Weak Ties, along with never before released material. From the post/math-rock of "When H Binds to O" to the slippery dance beats of "Wax," this collection shows Lotus's ability to deconstruct, stretch, and rebuild their compositions spontaneously on stage. Restraining from flaunting their individual chops, Lotus builds compositions on catchy melodies and heavy grooves.
The five-piece band has creatively fused electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for eight years. The result is an explosive live show that has made crowds get down across the US, Canada, and Japan. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus proves why they have become a go-to act for late night festival slots. This tour takes the band into renowned theatres nationwide including Georgia Theatre in Athens, the Recher Theatre in Towson, and the Granada Theater in Dallas, among others.
Lotus' complete list of confirmed dates is as follows:
January 04 Jam Cruise 6 Ft. Lauderdale FL
January 23 Cat's Cradle Carrboro NC
January 24 Orange Peel Asheville NC
January 25 Georgia Theatre Athens GA
January 26 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC
January 27 The Pour House Charleston SC
January 29 Beta Bar Tallahassee FL
January 30 Blue Nile New Orleans LA
January 31 Granada Theater Dallas TX
February 01- 02 Club 115 Austin TX
February 05 George's Majestic Lounge Fayetteville AK
February 06 Newby's Memphis TN
February 07 The Dame Lexington KY
February 08 Satellite Ballroom Charlottesville VA
February 09 Recher Theatre Towson MD
March 16 Jam in the Dam Netherlands
More dates to be announced.
What critics have been saying about Lotus:
"…intent on creating a new genre (few try that these days)...it is rock, and smart disco, funk and soul, piano pop, world music, and modern alienation stuff and jazz fusion you can dance to all wrapped up in cellophane." -Big Takeover
"In this new terrain in which lie endless creative possibilities, Lotus continue to expand upon its post-everything rock/electronic/jazz/free-form pastiche." -Big Shot Magazine
"If you were listening to the music of Philadelphia five-piece Lotus right now, you would be dancing. There's no doubt about that. Their grooves are tight, and fast, and fun, and one would be hard-pressed not to shake it hard at a Lotus show." -Jambands.com