Lotus Announces Release of New Album “Build” in a Jam-Packed New Year
After months hard at work in the studio following a heavy summer festival schedule, Lotus has finally announced the release of their new album, Build, which hits stores on February 19, 2013. Build, with a heavier electronic feel than prior albums, incorporates elements of electronic house music into the band’s classic live instrumental style, along with elements of other musical genres. On the track “Break, Build, Burn,” brass accompaniments, performed by the horn players of Rubblebucket, give the song a somewhat of a big band feel. Yet the song also incorporates hip hop elements, all while working in the funky instrumental jamming that lies at the core of the band. The album also features a reworked, two-part version of the song “Neon Tubes” which Lotus revealed to fans at their September 15 performance at FDR Park in Philadelphia. The full track list is as follows:
Break Build Burn
What Did I Do Wrong
Neon Tubes Part 1
Neon Tubes Part 2
Lotus has released the first single off this album, “Massif,” which you can listen to on SoundCloud below.
Lotus will promote their new album during their recently announced a 2013 Winter Tour. This, their biggest tour to date, will begin on January 24, 2013 in Burlington, VT at Higher Ground and will include well over twenty stops in fewer than forty days. The tour will include two nights in New York City, the second night being an intimate experience at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with a capacity of only three hundred people. The full schedule of shows, as well as tickets, can be found here.
Prior to launching their Winter Tour, however, Lotus will play a five-night New Year’s Run beginning December 27, hitting the Riviera Theatre in Chicago for two nights, Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh for one night, and then Rams Head Live in Baltimore for two nights concluding on New Year’s Eve. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve show in Baltimore have sold out; tickets for the show at Mr. Smalls as well as the December 30 show in Baltimore are running low as well. The New Year’s Eve show is being dubbed as “An Evening With Lotus” and no opening act has been announced. Other dates will feature Moon Hooch, The Werks, Zoogma, and Archnemesis as opening acts. My previously written preview of the New Years Run, which can be found here, describes each of the shows in the Run in greater detail, and includes sound clips and videos as well as links to purchase any tickets that remain.
Lotus’s New Year’s Eve show will ring in a year of various new music projects for the musicians in addition to a packed touring schedule. These musical projects will include Lotus’ release of a hip-hop-inspired album Monks (date of release TBA), as well as numerous solo and side projects: keys player/guitarist Luke Miller recently launched his new solo project Luke the Knife; Drummer Mike Greenfield has begun touring with the “supergroup” Kick Rocks also featuring Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig of The Disco Biscuits on guitar, Eli Winderman of Dopapod on keys, and Clay Parnell of Brother’s Past on bass; and bassist Jesse Miller has recently released new music as a part of his solo project Beard-o-Bees. With such a brilliant future ahead, there is little doubt that Lotus will go into the New Year with a bang, bringing out the big guns and blowing fans away with a performance of epic proportions. At the very least, try to make it to one of the first four shows of the Run, but if you come across a ticket for the sold out New Year’s Eve show…do yourself a favor and do not pass it up.