In 1999, four college friends—two brothers, Jesse (bass) and Luke (guitar and keys) Miller, and two others, 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.”
The band has garnered a good deal of public interest recently, having put out two EPs, Oil on Glass and Feather on Wood. Plus, their recently finished West Coast run featured eight shows allowing ticket buyers to choose their price, between $1 and $15. But the most enticing thing is that this band never plays the same show twice. Backed by a vivid light show, they constantly change their set lists and frequently improvise as a group. But don’t take our word for it. Find out for yourself when Lotus plays Terminal 5 on Saturday.
(Check out live footage of Lotus, above, playing the Fillmore in Denver.)