Build – album reviews

March 10th, 2013

Lotus - Build


Relix ”Build is a loud, wild party”

SoundFuse ”This is by far their most bold, energetic, and aggressive studio work — a dance-upon-prog-rock work of art.”

Real Detroit Weekly  ”Build is a great addition to the collections of EDM lovers everywhere.”

Miami New Times ”Build offers full-on body-rocking hip-hop, four-to-the-floor house…all filtered through the funk and rock Lotus have always brought to the table.”

Philly Weekly  ”Easily their best yet, the instrumental band of funk, synths and vaguely jammy electronica goes hip-hop.

Daily Emerald  “…driven by bigger beats and percussion sections coupled with an increased emphasis on rich and complex sound design and exploration.”

dfDubReport  ”…a musical monster with a clear message”

Grateful Web  ”A melodic mix of beats, bass, and rhythm, Build is sure to keep their passionate fans satisfied and eager to hear more. With festival season right around the corner and a brand new album to display their ferocious, swelling dance beats, you can bet that 2013 will be a defining year for Lotus.”

Wilmington Star News  ”On Build the band explores the wilder side of funk while focused more on the electronic side.”

Festival Footprints   “Lotus Hits One Out of the Park on Build”

VibeRight  “Build is as electrifying as it is dynamic”

When the Music’s Over  “…a solid addition to Lotus’s repertoire.”

The 4 oh 5  “They attempt – and get away with – things that some bands of this genre wouldn’t touch with a 50-foot pole, combining the sheer inventiveness of Mirrored-era Battles with a pop sensibility that is all their own. They may describe themselves as a jam band, but despite the improvisational nature of that term, the songs on Build are focused and tightly-scripted, allowing the band to take a dazzling number of risks.”

Crescent Vale  “Build delivers a record that creates the energy of a large venue performance”

NewsOK  “Build continues the band’s strides toward sophistication…Few jam bands could be slotted into electronic mixes without causing a few dancer injuries, but with “Build,” Lotus never misses a beat.”

Speaker Creatures  “Respect to them for incorporating a large amount of analog in the recording process.  You can hear and feel the difference this makes.  Warm and massive, these tracks literally leap out of the speakers at you.  Size definitely matters here.”

90FM University of Wisconsin  ” …Build is a great point to join the party.”

Tri-State EDM  “These different sounds complement each other so well into a sound that makes them innovators and original.”

Spectrum Culture  “The best advice: clear your living room, invite a few friends over, invest in an old school fog machine and really embrace the expanse of Build.”

Missoula Independent  “…this band’s decadent groove is the perfect meeting point between technology and organic musicality.”







2013 Winter Tour Photos, Reviews, Recordings

February 12th, 2013

2013 tour poster

1.24.2013 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT

Burlington Live Download

1.25.2013 House of Blues – Boston, MA

Boston Live Download

Photos: Live Music Blog, Sack Magazine

Review: The Waster

1.26.2013 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY

NYC Live Download

Photos: Hidden Track, Relix, NYU, When the Musics Over,

Reviews: Live For Live Music interview, Live For Live Music review, Sensible Reason, Jambands, Lost in Sound, Unified Funk   Option

1.27.2013 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Live Download

Reviews: Live Music Blog, Jambase – 5 NorthEast shows

1.30.2013 Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY

Syracuse Live Download

Reviews: The Daily Orange, 20 Watts, Upstate Live, The Untz

1.31.2013 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Live Download

Reviews: Spectrum Culture, 411 Mania

2.1.2013 Royal Oak Music Theater – Royal Oak, MI

Royal Oak Live Download

Photos: The Untz

2.2.2013 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH 

Columbus Live Download

Photos: Jambase, WCRS, Sound Vibe

2.5.2013 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Live Download

Reviews: Examiner

2.6.2013 Jake’s – Bloomington, IN

Bloomington Download

Reviews: Indy Mojo

2.7.2013 Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Live Download

2.8.2013 Barrymore Theater – Madison, WI

Madison Live Download

2.9.2013 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Live Download

Photos: Rowdy Beats

2.12.2013 Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE

Lincoln Live Download

2.13.2013 George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR

George’s Majestic Download

Reviews: Grateful Web

2.14.2013 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City Download

2.15.2013 Tree’s – Dallas, TX

Dallas Live Download

2.16.2013 Stubb’s – Austin, TX

Austin Live Download

Photos: Nathan Malone

Reviews: Read the Horn

2.19.2013 The Moon – Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee Download

2.20.2013 Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL

Tampa Download

2.21.2013 Beacham Theater – Orlando, FL

Orlando Download

Reviews: GenXGlow

Video: Live2YourFrom

2.22.2013 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ft. Lauderdale Download

Reviews: South Florida Music Obsessed, Miami New Times (preview)

2.23.2013 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Download

2.26.2013 Brooklyn Arts Center – Wilmington, NC

Wilmington Download

2.27.2013 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC

Carrboro Download

Reviews: Jam Plus

2.28.2013 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

Asheville Download

Reviews: Just Putting it Out There

Photos: Orange Peel Official

3.1-3.2.2013 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Night 1 Download

Atlanta Night 2 Download

Review: Space Book, Sonic Arch Night 1Sonic Arch Night 2

3.15.2013 The National – Richmond, VA

Richmond Night 1 Download

Photos: Julie Steinberg

3.16.2013 The National – Richmond, VA

Richmond Night 2 Download

Photos: Festival Footprints, When The Music’s Over, The Untz

Reviews: When the Music’s Over, Festival Footprints, Ear Milk, Live Music Blog

3.17.2013 Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga Download

3.20.2013 Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Download

3.21.2013 Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ

Tucson Download

3.22.2013 El Rey – Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Download

Reviews: Super Good Music

3.23.2013 Fillmore – San Francisco, CA

Photos: Zack Blum

3.26.2013 Mystic Theater – Petaluma, CA 

Petaluma Download

Photos: Zack Blum

3.27.2013 Senator Theater – Chico, CA

3.28.2013 Arcata Theater – Arcata, CA 

Arcata Download

3.29.2013 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

Portland Download

Photos: Zack Blum

3.30.2013 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA

Seattle Download

4.1.2013 Park City Live – Park City, UT

Park City Download

4.2.2013 Belly Up – Aspen, CO

Aspen Download

4.3.2013 Aggie Theater – Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins Download

Reviews: CSU Collegian 

4.4-4.6.2013 Boulder Theater – Boulder CO

Friday Boulder Download

Saturday Boulder Download

Reviews: Hey Reverb, Grateful Web, The Untz

Photos: Jesse Borrell Thurs, Jesse Borrell Fri/Sat, Vidriobot Fri/Sat

Boulder Poster 2013 mockup



2012 NYE Run

January 7th, 2013

We finished off 2012 with a five night sold-out run of shows at three great venues.  This was the biggest NYE run we had ever done.  I have to admit I was a little concerned that we might not be fully prepared for the shows. With the exception of a single show and a festival appearance the band had been off the road Oct-Dec focusing our energies on studio work.  We managed to squeeze in a day of rehearsal at a Chicago studio following Christmas, but then it was on to the run which would see 10 sets, 12.5 hours of music and 89 songs, playing everything from the oldest Lotus material to never-before-played tracks.  Sure, there were a few hiccups and technical difficulties, but the shows turned out great.

What we heard from fans again and again over the course of the tour (and reasserted in multiple reviews) was the description of a feeling that often grows at a Lotus show.  There is an energy that is very difficult to describe without sounding hyperbolic; words such as community, love, catharsis, tears, beauty, syncronicity are employed.  It seems crazy how often I hear the phrase “changed my life.”  A couple got engaged at one of the shows on this run.  We don’t pretend to take the credit for these waves of emotion or sense of connectedness.  We can attempt to guide it, we can continue to refine our art and explore music composition and improvisation further, but without the passion of the fans it would all add up to very little.  So, before we embark on another massive tour in a couple weeks I want to take this chance to say thank you to all who give us their support and have helped build this ever-growing entity we call Lotus. -Jesse Miller


12/27/12 Riviera Theater – Chicago, IL

w/ Zoogma and Archnemesis

   Set 1: Suitcases, Break Build Burn, Nematode, Monks*, Lead Pipe > Shimmer and Out, Ashcon

   Set 2: We Are Now Connected > Golden Ghost, Blue Giant, Disappear in a Blood-Red Sky, Its All Clear To Me Now > Bubonic Tonic > Tip of the Tongue

   E: Marisol, Grayrigg


Photos: Adam Alexander  Video: Lead Pipe  Reviews: SoundFuse


12/28/12 Riviera Theater – Chicago, IL

w/ The Werks

   Set 1: Harps, Middle Road, In An Outline, Deep Inside The Mothership*, Livingston Storm, Uffi, Bush Pilot, Age Of Inexperience

   Set 2: Hammerstrike, Neon Tubes, The Surf, Mikesnack, Bellwether, Arupa > Jump Off

   E: Cain & Abel, Intro To A Cell


Recording: Download 12.28.12  Reviews: Gapers Block  Videos: Hammerstrike  Photos: Sound Fuse



12/29/12 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA

w/ Moon Hooch

   Set 1: What Did I Do Wrong, Lucid Awakening, Did Fatt > Scrapple, Wax > Zelda > Wax, Let Me In

   Set 2: Blacklight Sunflare, Juggernaut, Gilded Age, Sift, Sunrain > Flower Sermon > Ghosts n’ Stuff > Flower Sermon > Sunrain

   E: Spaghetti > 128

Recording:  Download 12.29.12   Reviews: Appalachian Jamwich review, When The Music Is Over


12/30/12 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD

w/ Moon Hooch

   Set 1: Kodiak, Nematode, Neon Tubes, Kesey Seed, Lead Pipe > The Oaks, Travel > Hammerstrike

   Set 2: Massif, Plastic Lemons, It’s All Clear To Me Now > Intro to a Cell -> Dowrn, Caywood, Bellwether > Umbilical Moonset > Bellwether

   E: Strawberry Letter 23, Invincibility of Youth

Recording: Download 12.30.12  ReviewsGrateful Web  Video: Bellwether/Umbilical Moonset  Photos: When the Music is Over


12/31/12 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD

w/ Grimace Federation DJ set

   Set 1: Harps, Tip of the Tongue, Turquoise, Sid > We Are Now Connected > Drums > 72 Hrs Awake, L’immeuble > Jump Off

   Set 2: Spiritualize > Count Down > Umbilical Moonrise > Aud Lang Syne > Umbilical Moonrise, Greet the Mind, Uffi, Wooly Mammoth, Plant Your Root > Spiritualize, Cannon in the Heavens, 128

   E: Colorado, Bush Pilot

Recording: Download 12.31.12  Reviews: JambaseSensible Reason, When The Music Is Over,, Live Music Blog  Photos: Relix  Video: Tip of the Tongue

2012 NYE Run Poster by Nate Duval

Lotus NYE Run Poster 2012


Fillmore Denver – Feb. 2, 2012

February 8th, 2012

One of the most anticipated Lotus shows turned out to be our biggest solo headlining show to date as we sold out the Fillmore Denver for the first time.  We’ve played so many venues along the front range – from the multiple night runs at Quixote’s and the Fox to the Aggie, Boulder Theatre, Cervantes, Gothic, and the Ogden – slowly building over the years, that it really felt good to reach this milestone.  We truly appreciate all the support from the Colorado fans and all our friends and family in the area.  Here is to many more memorable Lotus shows in Colorado!

There were a lot of interviews, previews, reviews and other things associated with the show so they will be collected here as more come in.

I. Spiritualize, Golden Ghost, Tip of the Tongue, Massif, Spaghetti > Nematode, What Did I Do Wrong 

II. Suitcases > Ghosts ‘n Stuff > Suitcases, The Surf, Middle Road, It’s All Clear to Me Now > Sunrain > Flower Sermon > Sunrain

E. Bush Pilot


Audio Recording:

Interviews: Listen Up DenverColorado Daily303 MagazineWestword | Swaager

Reviews: Westword |  Reverb |  Music Marauders | Listen Up Denver | The Untz

Photos: Patrick McGettigan Gallery | New Alchemy Media 1 | New Alchemy Media 2 | NoCoast

Posters: Lotus official event poster – Tommy Bradel Design



Top 5 Albums of 2011

December 20th, 2011

as picked by Lotus band members

Luke Miller

1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues


2. Radiohead – King of Limbs


3. Panda Bear – Tomboy


4. Wilco – The Whole Love


5. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne


Jesse Miller

(in no particular order)

Siriusmo – Mosaik


Shabazz Palaces – Black Up


Black Keys – El Camino


The Kills – Blood Pressures


Burial – Street Halo


Mike Rempel

(in no particular order)

Washed Out – Within and Without


Bon Iver – Bon Iver


Ishq – And Awake


Elliot Lipp and Jasia 10 – How We Do: Moves Made


Random Rab – Visurreal

Mike Greenfield

Siriusmo – Mosaik

Tom Waits – Bad as Me

Eddie Vedder – Ukelele Songs


Chuck Morris

Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest

Summer Dance setlists

August 29th, 2011

The Surf
Plant Your Root>
Shimmer and Out>
Flower Sermon > Shimmer and Out
Blacklight Sunflare
Lou Carcohl
Livingston Storm
Spaghetti >
Kesey Seed
Computer Love (Kraftwerk cover) >
E: Invincibility of Youth

Disappear in a Blood-Red Sky
Travel >
Flim (Aphex Twin cover)
Lead Pipe >
Bush Pilot
Blue Giant
A 3-Legged Workhorse (This Will Destroy You cover)
Jump Off >
Zelda >
Jump Off
E: Umbilical Moonrise

Notes: Malabarista and Cutinuo are new Lotus originals. Flim is new for Lotus but was previously performed by Ghost Stepper. Computer Love was a new cover of the seminal synth band Kraftwerk from their Computer World album. Spaghetti has not been played since 12/10/2006 (we think). There was also a tease of Chicago’s 24 or 6 to 5 during Spaghetti.

Tigersapien remix swap

April 11th, 2011

Tigersapien and Beard-o-Bees (Lotus’s Jesse Miller) have released a pair of swapped remixes – Blacklight Sunflare (tigersapien remix) and Not Dead (Alive) Beard-o-Bees Remix.

The Tigersapien remix of Blacklight Sunflare (from Lotus’s forthcoming studio album) is a dance-floor ready track combining Tigersapien’s signature distorted synth sounds and electro vibe with Lotus’s melodic hooks. Turn on your blacklights and turn up the subs.

Beard-o-Bees remixes Not Dead, the leadoff track from Tigerspien’s new EP Clean Lines. The original’s adrenaline fueled chase-scene electro is completely flipped in this remix. The fight or flight spirit of the original is transformed into a cerebral celebration of life as the sparse piano chords release into scattershot percussion, electronic tweaks and thundering toms.

Listen: Blacklight Sunflare (tigersapien remix)
Not Dead (Alive) Beard-o-Bees Remix

Download at iTunes:
Lotus – Blacklight Sunflare (Tigersapien Remix)
Tigersapien – Not Dead (Alive) Beard-o-Bees Remix

Upcoming Shows:
4.23 Blockley – Philadelphia, PA
5.03 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Beats Antique
5.04 Headliners – Louisville, KY w/ Beats Antique
5.05 2720 – St. Louis, MO w/ Beats Antique
5.06 Miramar – Milwaukee, WI w/ Beats Antique
5.07 Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Beats Antique

Tigersapien 4.23 DGBG – Buffalo, NY

News wrap-up

October 20th, 2010

Tons of things happening in Lotus land. First off, tonight the band returns to St. Louis to play the incredible Pageant. If you can’t experience the show first-hand it will be broadcast live by iClips here.

Just announced – 2 shows have been added leading up to NYE show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. 12/29 Lotus returns to Water Street in Rochester NY and 12/30 Lotus plays an intimate show at the 8×10 Baltimore. We have made a limited number of 12/30-12/31 2-day passes available at a discounted price. These are almost sold out so act quickly. Click here for tickets. We’ve also invited Philly’s own Brothers Past to join the show on NYE.

The band kicked off the Fall Tour with 4 sold-out shows. The packed rooms have brought out some great music. Downloads of live shows are available at Some older songs have recently reappeared including Kesey Seed and Blue Giant and some new music has popped up as well – Ridalin, The Surf and a cover of Mega Man2 Dr. Wiley’s Theme.

A new light show has been brightening the stages. Photos from Buffalo. Photos from Syracuse.

Finally some new merch is for sale online including a new tour poster and shirt design.

And lastly the WTF moment that was Max Weinberg sitting in with the band in Syracuse.

Tour opener in Syracuse

October 15th, 2010

Fall tour got off to a great start with a sold out show at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse NY. With the new massive light show in effect the band came out swinging debuting a new song, Ridalin, and welcome guest drummer Max Weinberg (Springstein, Conan) on Expired Slang. Tour continues to Buffalo and Pittsburgh – only a hand full of tickets left for these shows.

I: Bellwether, Golden Ghost, Nematode, Ridalin, Bubonic Tonic, 72 Hrs Awake, Tip of the Tongue
II: Dowrn, Expired Slang (w/ Max Weinber), Destroyer, Tarasque, Sunrain>Flower Sermon>Leap Pipe>Sunrain

NYE run(down)

January 9th, 2010

It was hard to believe that 4 weeks had passed since our fall tour ended. Between the bustle of the holidays, working on new tracks and remixes and getting back into the studio the time flew by.

The 3-day sold-out NYE run started on 12/29 at our home away from home, Mr. Small’s in Pittsburgh. aFugate and Tigersapien. got the night started with great sets of dubstep and heavy dance-rock (respectively) allowing Lotus to hit the stage to a very warm room (thanks for that guys because PGH was freezing cold that day). The set list was mainly songs that saw a lot of play this fall with the exception of the rare Contagion. The playing was tight and the improvisation was creative throughout the night.

12/29/09 Mr. Small’s – Millvale, PA
Set 1: Scrapple, Lucid Awakening, Behind Midwest Storefronts, Lou Carchol, Livingston Storm, Molluskunk, Expired Slang
Set 2: Blender, 128, Alkaline -> It’s All Clear to Me Now ->Hammerstrike, Age of Inexperience -> Contagion -> Age of Inexperience
E: In an Outline

Download audio recording here

The next day we headed to West Chester for an intimate show at the Note. The entire crowd had signed on for 2 nights of Lotus. It was interesting to play such a small room the day before playing Lotus’s biggest headlining show to date. The set list featured a number of more rare compositions. Unfortunately, the night ended on a sour note when a drunk driver (not from our show) hit our parked trailer. Luckily the guy was caught, even though he fled the scene, and the damage was light enough that we could drive it away.

12/30/09 The Note – West Chester, PA

Set 1: Bubonic Tonic, Wooly Mammoth, Nri, Turquoise, Monochrome, Cain & Abel, Juggernaut
Set 2: Nematode -> Zelda ->Nematode, Destroyer, Golden Ghost, Intro to a Cell -> Did Fatt ->Comptroller -> Intro to a Cell
E: 72 Hours Awake, Shimmer and Out

On to the big one – Lotus’s first headlining show at the Electric Factory. It felt great to play in Philly after not playing here since Halloween 2008. And it felt really great to step on stage to a sold-out crowd of friends, family and fans ready to dance all night. The musical concept for the show was memorable rock riffs. We picked some of our favorite and most catchy riffs and worked them into Lotus compositions mashing together the grooves and melodies. The energy was high throughout the show and there was great improv from start to finish. I would put this show up against any Lotus has played.

On the visual end Scott put on a hell of a light show. The signature lighthendge stage set up was supplemented by lasers…yes, lasers. When the lasers were used for the first time at the beginning of the jam in Spiritualize to kick off the second set the crowd erupted (listen for it on the audio recording). Kelly made sure the band was looking good with some custom made shirts (that came out in the second set) and appropriately festive top hats and glasses. Huge thanks to everyone involved. Let’s make this an annual tradition!

12/31/09 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Set I: Grayrigg, Dane Jeer Us > Da Funk1 > Dane Jeer Us > Jump Off, Simian, Wax > Day Tripper2 > Wax, Blacklight Sunflare, Tip of the Tongue > 7 Nation Army3 > Tip of the Tongue
Set 2: Spiritualize > Kids4 > Spiritualize, Tarasque > The Ocean5 > Tarasque, Bellwether > Enter Sandman6 > Bellwether > Dowrn, 128, Hammerstrike, Sunrain >Flower Sermon > Crazy Train7 > Flower Sermon >
1 Daft Punk, 2 The Beatles, 3 White Stripes, 4 MGMT, 5 Led Zepplin, 6 Metallica, 7 Ozzy Osborne

Download recording here


Band/Crew before hitting the stage for the second set

Metallica – Enter Sandman mashed with Bellwether (plus some help from the crowd on the vocals) and more lasers.

Ozzy – Crazy Train mashed with Flower Sermon