The Lotus album Build, out February 19, 2013 on SCI Fidelity Records, propels through 10 tracks with no wasted moments. Built on a foundation of beats evoking vinyl breaks, house, and big-beat, the album is a funky dance party from start to finish. The electronic infused 5-piece kicks things off with the release of the albumâ€™s first single, â€œMassif,â€ now streaming on SoundCloud.
The unmistakable sound of a tight live band is at the heart of the album. Lotus has spent years rocking live crowds and that energy is distilled to a strong studio concentrate of body-moving beats and muscular melodies.
â€œThis album was recorded live to analog tape in studios in Philadelphia and St. Louis,â€ explains Luke Miller. â€œWe used live drums, guitar, bass, Hammond organ, upright piano, analog synths, live percussion, and live horns from the group Rubblebucket, then peppered in electronic elements. The project was mixed through an analog process to give it a deep richness.â€
The groupâ€™s previous release, 2011â€™s self-titled album, had Filter stating, â€œA kiss to you post-rock electronic creations, you make me dance, smile, and meditate through the hours,â€ while Drum! proclaimed, â€œLotus is so grab-your-nuts funky itâ€™ll have your grandparents poppinâ€™ and lockinâ€™ at a flash mob. Drop it at an impromptu gathering and go from zero to hero the same night.â€
A staple on the festival circuit in addition to capacity crowds at premier venues across the country, Lotus recently announced the first leg of the 2013 national tour in support of Build, the biggest outing the group has done to date (schedule below). The first part of the trek finds them hitting the Northeast including two New York City shows: Manhattanâ€™s Best Buy Theater and Brooklynâ€™s Knitting Factory. From there, Lotus heads to the Midwest then itâ€™s time to conquer the South including a two night run at Atlantaâ€™s Terminal West. Before 2012 comes to an end, Lotus plays two nights at Chicagoâ€™s Riviera Theatre, Mr. Smallâ€™s in Millvale, PA and two nights in Baltimore to ring in the New Year.
Lotus is composed of Mike Greenfield (Drums), Jesse Miller (Bass, Sampler), Luke Miller (Guitar, Keys), Mike Rempel (Guitar) and Chuck Morris (Percussion).