Lotus: Back at the Beacham
Last week, Lotus got out of the cold and made their rounds in the south. This included a handful of shows in Florida where they got to turn the heat up higher than the days have been getting. “It’s always fun hitting the Florida shows.” said Mike Greenfield. “It’s a real treat because we don’t get to come here that often” ‘Treat’ being the operative word, the Orlando show was a tasty confection that had fans begging for seconds.
“Flower Sermon” kicked things into high gear for the impending two sets they had in store. Always a fan favorite and not the rarest tune in the repertoire, but it was an exhilarating roller coaster of tension and release. The rest of the first set saw a couple of songs from “Build”, their album which was released two days prior to this show, mixed with some of their stuff from way back. A huge highlight was the somewhat new song “The Surf” which really got everyone locked in for the night. It was one of those times when a song may not have been the opener, but it felt like the show had officially started. Overall, the guys showed some restraint with where the jams were going in the first set. But then there was the second set.
It was undisputed among fans that night that the second set was where things really took off. After nibbling the edges, it had all the creamy filling in the delight that they were serving up, and nobody could get enough. A well-timed and exceptionally dirty “Golden Ghost” got things going quickly, followed by “Neon Tubes” off of their newest album, and right into “Plant Your Root”, one of their oldest tunes. An ultra-groovy “Tip of the Tongue” was the pinnacle of the set, which included a fantastic version of “Zelda” sandwiched in the middle. A somewhat surprising “Spaghetti” came out at the end for any of the old-timers down south, and they closed the show with “Break Build Burn”, the first song on their new album.
All in all, it was one of the most impressive Lotus shows I’ve seen. They played the same venue about a year ago and comparing those two shows is like comparing apples and pineapples. They were much more comfortable and willing to go places they just didn’t go last year. It sounded more like one of their customary festival stops in terms of how things just “clicked” musically all night, and how the crowd reacted. As Mike said, their Florida runs are a treat for the band and hopefully these shows make them decide to make them a steady snack.