Lotus Halloween: Die Young


This fall, Lotus releases their highly anticipated studio album, Hammerstrike, and steps out on their most ambitious tour yet. The months ahead will wrap up a huge year of growth for Lotus; a year that has positioned this instrumental post-rock outfit for a breakout 2009.

Hammerstrike (October 14, 2008/SCI Fidelity) finds the band reaching back in order to move forward. Primarily recorded live in one room to analog tape by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), the album captures a sound that harkens back to the 70's but never slips into nostalgic retreads. The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises. Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track. The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose. It is a decidedly American feel that invokes big skies, open roads, and a zealous yet naïve pursuit of the idea that defeat will never be conceded.

For the homecoming Halloween show this year in Philadelphia at the Theatre of Living Arts, there is a very special theme - "Live Fast, Die Young - the 27 Conspiracy." Consider it a tribute to all those artists that have passed away before their time, specifically at the age of 27. Everyone is encouraged to dress up like the rock star of your choice, alive or dead, or simply come decked out in the costume of your choosing.

The band will tour this fall in support of Hammerstrike. The complete list of confirmed dates is as follows:

October 9 Slowdown Omaha NE w/ Somasphere
October 10 Ogden Theater Denver CO w/ BLVD
October 11 Aggie Theatre Ft. Collins CO w/ BLVD
October 14 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff AZ w/ BLVD
October 15 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA w/ BLVD
October 16 The Roxy Hollywood CA w/ Region of Darkness, BLVD
October 17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
October 18 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR w/ BLVD
October 22 The Cabooze Minneapolis MN w/ Family Groove Company
October 23 Majestic Theatre Madison WI w/ Family Groove Company
October 24 Miramar Theatre Milwaukee WI w/ Family Groove Company
October 25 Park West Chicago IL w/ Family Groove Company
October 26 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI w/ Garganta
October 28 Skully's Music-Diner Columbus OH w/ Papadosio
October 29 House of Blues Cleveland OH w/ Papadosio
October 30 Lulu's State College State College PA
October 31 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA w/ Grimace Federation
November 1 9:30 Club Washington DC
November 3 Jefferson Center Roanoke VA
November 2 The National Richmond VA w/ SeepeopleS
November 5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC w/ SeepeopleS
November 6 Cat's Cradle w/ SeepeopleS
November 7 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ SeepeopleS
November 8 Georgia Theatre Athens GA w/ SeepeopleS
November 9 Music Farm Charleston SC w/ SeepeopleS
November 11 Freebird Live Jacksonville FL w/ SeepeopleS
November 12 Beta Bar Tallahassee FL w/ SeepeopleS
November 13 Proud Larry's Oxford MS w/ SeepeopleS
November 14 Tipitina's Uptown (Indoors) New Orleans LA w/ SeepeopleS
November 15 Antone's Austin TX w/ SeepeopleS
November 26 Chameleon Club Lancaster PA
November 28 Mr. Small's Theatre Millvale PA
November 29 Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza New York NY
December 30-31 Fox Theatre Boulder CO

Check out JamBase's recent review of Lotus in New York City here.


[Published on: 10/9/08]

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UmphNugget Thu 10/9/2008 01:23PM
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Show is gonna be awesome. Grimace Federation is a great band from the area as well. Enjoy the show!!

Ilikephish531 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/9/2008 01:39PM
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yeah! see everyone at the cabooze!

Greatwaves Thu 10/9/2008 01:46PM
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Yeah Buoooy.... cant wait til the HOB cleveland show, with Papadosio... gonna be sick cant decide if im gonna dress up (halloween) since im not doing a halloween show, im also debating if i should travel to Mr Smalls for the post thanks giving show

speaking of which, why arent more bands out there (who are doing post thanksgiving shows) doing or advertising thanksgiving food drives, would be a perfect time for that (conscious alliance)

okalrightic starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/9/2008 02:12PM
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cant fuckin wait! see you there people!

inventions Thu 10/9/2008 02:21PM
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dparris, you should definately go to the Mr. Small's show. They've played there the past two New Years' and always bring their best with them to Pittsburgh.

TheGreenKynd starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/9/2008 03:12PM
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can not wait for Halloween, should be a great time for all.

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/9/2008 05:45PM
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lovemusicfood starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/9/2008 06:23PM
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See you all there. Lotus has been on a good run since summer '07. Givin y'all that are going a heads up that Splintered Sunlight, a local Philly Dead cover band that is pretty good and been around for a long time, is playing for free just off South St. and near the TLA @ 6pm. Should be an awesome night!

fishbone1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/9/2008 06:47PM
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Bad ass theme guyz!

ImTheMan star Thu 10/9/2008 09:49PM
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"live fast, but dont die young" -- that should be the "very special theme" for this Halloween show. I like the idea but think its a horrible reality since it most definitely is not a "conspiracy" that many rock & roll deaths occured at the young, young age of 27. Sadly, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison all died because of living too fast (and within a year of each other to). Certainly Kurt Kobains suicide was more than heavily influenced by too many drugs & alcohol. Kristen Pfaff, the bassist for the band Hole (Kurt Kobains wifes band)died from a amck overdose. Grateful Dead founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan drank himself to death. Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson was the leader of Canned Heat and killed himself with too many barbiturates. The Uriah Heep bassist, Gary Thain, OD'd on a smorgasbord of drugs. The theme of these deaths is obvious and entirely unnecessary and avoidable. It's also a damn shame that at the age of 28 we lost such musical talents as Bradley Nowell of Sublime (heroin), Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon(cocaine), Tim Buckley (heroin); and at 26 we lost Nick Drake (the anti-depressant amitriptyline), Gram Parsons of The Byrds (heroin), and Hillel Slovak of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (original guitarist - heroin again). AT THE jerry Garcia Birthday Bash every year in West Virginia I hear the owner of the farm, Trip McClelland, announce to the crowd (and I paraphrase) to "party like its the last night of your life, but make sure its not your last night." You all get the point. PARTY SAFE PEOPLE and dont do stupid stuff that can kill you.

I Love Lotus by the way and go see them every chance I can.....check them out in concert if you havent and you will not be disappointed. These guys are on fire right now.

Chaloupka Fri 10/10/2008 07:47AM
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I was thinking of checking out their Fort Collins show tomorrow night, but then I downloaded one of their shows off the archive and listened to it.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks Fri 10/10/2008 09:03AM
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^ Just OK, Not very original, I would go if I had free tickets.

bmagarro Fri 10/10/2008 09:52AM
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saw last night's omaha show...amazing...love the new stuff

likeachamp5 Fri 10/10/2008 11:29AM
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see everyone there for THE halloween party....lotus lotus lotus

a4hair Fri 10/10/2008 12:06PM
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The Omaha show was rockin'! I wish I could remember the last 30 minutes of the show...

enthusiast Fri 10/10/2008 05:54PM
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Lotus w/ 56 Hope Road

That would be an awesome pairing of bands and I hope to see it happen someday!!

Tehsay Fri 10/10/2008 08:42PM
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^^^ haha you can't be serious

56HR is fagrock, simply put/no offense to anyone. Plus it's quite the mismatch.

Lotus killed the Canopy Club monday had a great time. their light show is something else too.

grahamcraka Mon 10/13/2008 01:50PM
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I had a truly lifechanging experience at LOTUS on friday night at the ogden. Please everyone see this band play live!!!!!! There is a level of positive energy present at their shows that is very hard to find elsewhere on this planet.

deadhead1421 Mon 10/13/2008 08:24PM
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I couldn't agree more, felt the same way after I saw them in Omaha last week. I saw them briefly at summercamp this year, but its not the same in the middle of the day. Their light show is just as great as the tunes...itchin' to see them again. Seriously considering making the trip out to Boulder to catch them for New Year's if I dont go to Umphrey's in Chicago instead

rickson64 Tue 10/14/2008 05:52PM
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The Colorado shows have been banging. San Francisco based BLVD has been supporting the shows and they throw down like crazy clowns on stage...I expect we'll be seeing a lot more of them in the next couple years...some serious dance party. Always nice to

dsabra11 starstarstar Tue 10/14/2008 08:08PM
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I have no idea what costume I'm gonna choose for Halloween... what are you all doing?

joselave starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/3/2008 07:26AM
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What an awesome show. Loved the In Bloom Cover.

Does anyone have the full setlist?