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Published: 2008/10/20
by Lauren Sutter

Lotus, Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA- 9/27

In contrast to the early fall chill Boston air, the atmosphere inside the Paradise was hot and stuffy. Colorful sunglasses and glow sticks were in motion, as the band took it all in and smiled along with the crowd. Lotus, comprised of drummer Steve Clemens, bassist and sampler, Jesse Miller, guitarist and keyboardist, Luke Miller, electronic/acoustic percussion Chuck Morris and guitarist Mike Rempel, have been a staple for the past eight years in what Luke calls, “dance rock music, dance party environment.”

The show started with “Suitcases,” segueing into “Scrapple,” which exemplifies jamtronica to a T, with searing guitar chords and rock tempo drum beats. Next was “Tip of the Tongue,” an easy-listening song that presents the rare appearance of lyrics. Next came “Didfatt,” which sounds like a soul is crying for something lost, followed by “Greet the Mind” and “72 Hours Awake,” both crowd pleasers.

Second set was a massive quadruple decked pastrami sandwich, with Russian dressing, mustard and a half sour pickle with Cape Cod BBQ chips on the side. The first piece of rye bread was “Spiritualize,” a Lotus fan base favorite, with a slab of “Grayrigg” mustard, a heartwarming funk-rock jam. “Mikesnack” was some homemade Russian followed by the ever-popular “Zelda” theme supplying the meat. Then came a new layer of “Mikesnack” Russian, with the last piece of rye bread of “Livingston Storm.” The pickle is the “One Last Hurrah” before the “Comptroller” chips. To top things off was “Spiritualize,” which has a very light and airy feeling that fuses the keyboards and guitar together in a perfect synched up climax throughout the song as a whole. All in all, it was a grand manifestation of the group's ability to funk, jam, and visualize the necessary elements to keep people moving while they experience the music in a personal manner.

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