No Escape, No Problem: Lotus Performs Album “Escaping Sargasso Sea” on New Year’s Eve
Over the past couple of years, Lotus has pulled a number of rabbits out of its hat to satisfy the demands of the band’s hardcore fans. Between September 2012 and December 2014, we saw the return of at least ten old school classics that had fallen out of rotation. In June 2013 we experienced the live performance of one of their oldest and most beloved albums Nomad on the tenth anniversary of its recording. On December 31, for New Year’s Eve, at the National in Richmond, VA Lotus once again gave fans something for which they have long been begging.
The band played 2007 live album Escaping Sargasso Sea in its entirety.
Every time the band has asked its fans what they want to hear, you can bet your bottom dollar at least one person in the comments begged for the band to play this album. For good reason – The album itself brings together some of Lotus’ most sought-after songs. Four of the tracks had fallen out of rotation and were only recently brought back in the past two years after much begging from the band’s dedicated fan base. The remaining tracks are predominantly signature Lotus tracks that have defined both fans’ experiences with the band and the band itself.
But it wasn’t just the set list that made the show special. The five musicians were simply on fire, dominating the organic instrumentals that define the album and truly doing each track justice. Not for the first time during this New Year’s Run, guitarist Mike Rempel was lightning personified as his fingers ran about his fret board. Jesse Miller kept it smooth and sexy with the funkiest of bass lines, seemingly seducing even himself at times. Instrumentally, it was impressive to say the least.
More than just putting on a top notch instrumental performance though, the band succeeded at creating just the right moment for this special night. The band timed the set so that the countdown into the New Year happened during fan-favorite track “Wax.” A high energy song that could be described as beautiful chaos with Luke Miller’s perfectly stumbling keys and a flurry of beats from drummer Mike Greenfield and percussionist Chuck Morris – it created the perfect mood to send off 2014 with a bang and take off running in 2015. And that was only the second song in the set. Everyone knew at that point that they were in for something special, and the band did not disappoint.
Fans left the show with smiles on their faces, having just begun the New Year with the most uplifted spirits. It was a completely unexpected, and wonderful, treat befitting of the holiday, and an experience that fans present doubtful will ever forget.
Catch Lotus on their Winter Tour, beginning in just a couple of weeks. For their updated schedule, check here.