Lotus – Stubb’s BBQ, Austin, TX 2/13/15 (REVIEW/PHOTOS)
February 17, 2015 - bbq set
The initial time we ingested a certain party-enhancing piece in a live song environment happened to be during a Lotus show. It was a late night festival set and during that impulse a band’s low instrumental grooves sounded sweeter than anything I’d ever heard. Like many initial time experiences, it felt transformative. That was roughly 10 years ago, and while we positively don’t get down like we used to and customarily don’t spend my time obsessing over “jamtronica” bands, Lotus still binds a special place. For this reason it was sparkling to see a Philly quintet lapse to Austin on a Friday night to play a biggest venue they’ve headlined in this town.
Whereas associate scenesters a Disco Biscuits ceaselessly rise and raze in their jams, and Sound Tribe Sector 9 is constantly building usually to plateau, Lotus has always managed to strike a change between both styles. Both sets during Stubb’s reflected a band’s ability to slit during a solid pace; negligence down, building up, peaking and bursting during all a right moments. These days Lotus is a well-oiled appurtenance able of cranking out tight, instrumental dance music. Unlike other bands in a jam scene, Lotus always seems to be building their sound. Throughout their set during Stubb’s they explored several styles of dance music, touching on trance, house, and musty disco conveyor music. Songs like “Jump Off” and “It’s All Clear To Me Now” have been a partial of their live repertoire for years, though a songs have stayed uninformed due to a band’s ability to exhale new life into them each time they are played. The prominence of a night might have come in a initial set when a rope welcomed members of opening act Kung Fu for a bouncy, funked adult take on Herbie Hancock’s jazz alloy classical “The Traitor”. Through it all a assembly raved right along with a band, feeding off each low-pitched spin and turn.
It’s been an sparkling outing to see Lotus grow and rise their sound over a years. In an age where dance song is dominated by foolish button-pushers there is something lovely about a organisation of people who can emanate a opposite low-pitched knowledge regulating genuine instruments each time they play. Their flawless set during Stubb’s was usually serve explanation that this rope is always removing improved and anticipating new directions to take their sound. we might not get down a approach we used to, though Lotus still knows how to strike my honeyed spot.
Break Build Burn
Let Me In
Basin to Benin^
Livingston Storm –
Age of Inexperience
E: Disappear in a Blood Red Sky
* Herbie Hancock – w/ Todd, Tim and Adrian from Kung Fu
^ w/ Rob from Kung Fu on Sax
All photos by Arthur VanRooy.