Lotus Brought The Fire to Austin [Review]
In a world full of monotonous music, Lotus brings something uniquely wonderful to the live music circuit; thus, pleasing even the most jaded of music critics. While some cringe at the word “jam band” and others laugh at the phrase “live electronic music”, most can agree on the fact that Lotus’ one-of-a-kind sound transcends the limits of genres and labels.
Through the act of fusing together elements from all ends of the musical spectrum, Lotus never fails to sweep the listener on a climatic roller coaster ride through sound and vibes.
This adrenaline pumping live experience was, of course, the case at Lotus’ Austin show at Stubbs last Friday. From opening with “128” until the last moments of the encore, “Disappear in a Blood Red Sky”, the 5-piece band closely held the crowd’s undivided attention and fearlessly guided it on a journey, full of soaring highs and gut wrenching drops.
Much like being on a roller coaster ride, sometimes you’ve got to close your eyes, throw your hands in the air and scream out loud to completely surrender to the experience of catching Lotus live. This is exactly what much of Friday night’s crowd could be found going across the outdoor venue.
Lotus’ current ‘Gilded Age Tour’ is in light of their latest release ‘Gilded Age’. While the album is a switch from what many long-time Lotus fans have grown to adore, it proves that Lotus possesses a vast understanding of how to stay relevant with the changing times and still maintain a unique flavor. It should also be noted that the band did a phenomenal job of keeping both new and old fans pleased and groovin’ by playing songs from all eras of their discography with seamless transitions.
For the last leg of their current ‘Gilded Age’ Tour, Lotus has been joined by funk ninjas Kung Fu. The five-piece band opened for Lotus on Friday, which was their official Austin debut. Kung Fu got the crowd moving, grooving and jamming early.
For those who were not able to make it to the show early enough to see Kung Fu’s opening set, Lotus invited members Todd, Tim and Adrian back on to the stage for their collaborative cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Traitor”, which resulted in otherworldly funk and relentless groove. It was truly awe-inspiring to witness the two separate bands sync up so flawlessly. Kung Fu’s Rob made it back on to the stage once more to play the sax along with Lotus for song “Basin to Benin”, creating a very smooth and sensual live music experience.
Overall, the euphonic bliss created by Lotus and Kung Fu proved to be an unstoppable force.
Although legend has historically accused Friday the 13th of being a “bad luck day”, it can be reasonably guessed that Friday’s crowd had a damn good night because of Lotus. If you weren’t able to catch them in Austin, I highly suggest catching the band during this tour, or at one of their many festival dates that have slowly and surely been announced.
FULL SETLIST [Lotus – Stubbs – 2/13/15]:
Break Build Burn
Let Me In
Basin to Benin^
Livingston Storm ->
Shimmer & Out
Age of Inexperience
E: Disappear in a Blood Red Sky
* Herbie Hancock – w/ Todd, Tim and Adrian from Kung Fu
^ w/ Rob from Kung Fu on Sax