Lotus Returns to Terminal 5 Tomorrow NightSeptember 23rd, 2011
In 1999, four college friends—Jesse (bass) and Luke (guitar and keys) Miller, Steve Clemens (percussion) and Mike Rempel (guitar)—united forces to mine their rock, funk and jazz influences, thereby becoming an effective jam band in the process. But two years later, when Lotus added drummer Chuck Morris to the mix, they moved in a different direction. They were still guided by the same musical interests, but they began playing instrumental electronica. Or as Jesse Miller said: “I truly believe Lotus’s sound comes from the roots of rock and roll mixed with electronic beats that are popular today. It took a long time for us to finally find a sound we all agreed on. But believe me, we experimented plenty before deciding what sound we were looking for.” Over the years the band has made some changes, including Mike Greenfield replacing Morris and Clemens, but their eclectic sound, as proved on the just released Lotus, and high-energy shows are still not to be missed, which you can see for yourself when Lotus (above, performing at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Ore.) plays Terminal 5 tomorrow night.