Lotus to bring refined electronic rock to House of Blues


Lotus poses for a photo on February 2, 2014 at the Fillmore in Denver.

Laura Rostad, Associate Arcade Editor

Lotus represents the purest unification of jam band rock and electronica to date. In spite of recent electronic trends of playing pre-programmed music, Lotus is known for its live instrumentation and improvisations. The band will perform 8 p.m. Wednesday at the House of Blues.

The group formed in 1999 when the pioneering members of the band met at college in Indiana. Soon after, the band signed a record label deal and started releasing albums. Lotus gained recognition and an ever-growing and loyal fan base following its 2004 release, “Nomad.” Seven albums and numerous side projects later, Lotus presents its latest album, “The Gilded Age,” featuring six original songs and four remixes.

Since the band’s inception, electronic music and production technology has expanded tremendously. When Lotus started, Jesse Miller, bassist and producer, recorded demos on four tracks; now he and his brother Luke Miller, guitarist and keyboardist, are able to live in two different states and still arrange songs together despite the distance.

“When we stopped living in the same city, it really improved our songwriting process because we spend so much time picking over arrangements and working out ideas before it goes to everybody,” Jesse Miller said. “We’ll start bouncing ideas back and forth, sending audio files to each other. We try to get it ironed out before it goes to the band, then we’re taking it into the studio.”

As the primary songwriters, the Miller brothers have had to adapt to the growth of the band.

“When we were writing music for our first tours and the stuff that would end up on ‘Nomad,’ we were playing in bars and sometimes coffee shops,” Jesse Miller said. “We had a more relaxed style where things unfolded very slowly live and had long track times. Now, since we play at bigger places and festivals. It’s more focused and more energized.”

Despite the fact that the pulse of electronic music has beat to the drum of dubstep lately, the Millers refuse to stand in line.

“I’m excited to see the return of the ideas that got me into electronic music in the first place,” Jesse Miller said. “Now you see this return to house and deep house and disco. It’s more about changes over long periods. We’ll take a theme and work over and use it to do these long builds instead of trying to emulate this [attention deficit disorder] style of some current DJs.” 

Miller’s commitment to entertainment carries over Lotus’ live energy. With infectious enthusiasm for its own music, Lotus cannot help but win over audiences all over the world, maintaining a Deadhead-type following people thought died in the ’60s.

“I think people are craving that human element,” Jesse Miller said. “I think that’s why the underground electronic scene has never died away.” 

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