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Lotus likes to keep the music hopping

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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One of the things Lotus and its fans like best is not necessarily knowing what the quintet will be playing at any given time.

"We just have a lot of different interests and we don't want to pigeonhole ourselves," says the group's Jesse Miller, who formed the instrumental group with his brother Luke and others during 1999 at Goshen College in Indiana. "If we had started off the band and said, 'We're going to do this one thing' and had still been doing it this many years later, we might have burnt ourselves out.

"So we've gone a lot of different directions in our career, but it's never just a linear path of going from one style to another to another. It's really just about finding other creative directions that still fall under the context of Lotus."

Lotus explored divergent paths on its 2013 releases -- electronic-textured rock with "Build" while "Monks" paired Lotus with rappers and was, according to Miller, "a way to really kind of bust out of the mold of what we normally try to do." Next up is a six-song EP due this spring that will take the group in an even more straightforward rock direction.

"There's really almost no (synthesizers) or dance-oriented stuff on that," Miller, 34, says. "It's more of a traditional indie rock sound." Lotus is also writing for another full-length album, which Miller predicts will be "a little more of a dancey kind of direction than the EP. I like that we're able to jump between these things with some skill. I think there's melodic and structural elements in all of it that really give it that Lotus sound. It's unique and it's us, no matter which way we take it."

Lotus and Conspirator perform Friday, Jan. 31, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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