After bonding over a shared love of old-school keys and analog synths and then fleshing out a couple of songs together, Lotus bassist Jesse Miller and Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman teamed up with in-demand drummer Charlie Patierno to form the experimental, jazz-oriented Octave Cat. “The music is funky, catchy, melodic, jazzy. There’s definitely inspiration from late-’70s fusion, but also some analog techno and dub approaches to the sound and arrangements,” Winderman told Live for Live Music. Despite their busy schedules, the trio’s eponymous debut (stream it below) arrived last spring. “We started sending around demos and beats we had made individually then building out from those basic pieces. I would have Eli over at my home studio tracking keyboards and then I could spend a couple days editing,” said Miller to the Jamwich. “Then when we had finalized arrangements, Charlie and I went to Rittenhouse Soundworks to track the drum and bass parts live. We finished off by mixing at Miner Street Studio in Philly.” Now out on the road, Octave Cat (above, performing “TitTat”) wind down a short East Coast swing on Saturday night at Rough Trade NYC. Grimace Federation—another Philly trio—open.
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The guys in Lotus—now made up of Chuck Morris (percussion), Jesse Miller (bass and sampler), Luke Miller (guitar), Mike Greenfield (drums) and Mike Rempel (guitar)—united forces to mine their rock, funk and jazz influences as the eclectic instrumental electronic jam band while still in college back in ’99. Thanks to heavy touring and multiple festival appearances, they’ve since become known for their energetic live performances and cool light shows, in addition to their recorded work, like 2016’s Eat the Light (stream it below), dubbed “jaw-dropping” by Live for Live Music. The Philly band returns to New York to play the Capitol Theatre on Saturday night, and The House List is giving away two tickets. To enter, fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Lotus, 4/8) and a brief message explaining what you love the most about Lotus. The winner will be notified by Friday. Good luck.
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Three members of the Canadian jazz scene, Darren Shearer (drums), Dan Kurtz (bass) and Jamie Shields (keys), formed the electronic three-piece the New Deal in Toronto back before the turn of the century, fusing electronic music with live instrumentation—and improvisation. They quickly became a sensation among jam fans and rave kids alike thanks to their energetic live shows and relentless touring, plus an dance-worthy mix of house rhythms, happy synths and surprisingly melodic bass. But after a successful 14-year run and more than 1,000 live shows, the New Deal decided to take a break. But you can’t keep a good band down, and so the Toronto trio returns with a brand-new crowd-pleasing album, Mercury Switch (stream it below)—their first in more than a decade. And as if that weren’t enough, they also play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night. Lotus drummer Jesse Miller’s solo project, Beard O Bees, opens the show.
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The guys in Lotus—now made up of Chuck Morris (percussion), Jesse Miller (bass and sampler), Luke Miller (guitar), Mike Greenfield (drums) and Mike Rempel (guitar)—united forces to mine their rock, funk and jazz influences as the eclectic instrumental electronic jam band while still in college back in ’99. Thanks to heavy touring and multiple festival appearances, they’ve since become known for their energetic live performances and cool light shows, in addition to their recorded work, like 2014’s Gilded Age (stream it below). Currently working their way down the East Coast, Lotus (above, doing “Wax” live at Red Rocks) play Terminal 5 on Saturday night, alongside Southern California duo El Ten Eleven. Come join in on the party. You’ll be glad you did.