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Organic music is Lotus' focus these days

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Electronic rockers Lotus don't mind banging out the one-nighters on the road. But they truly enjoy the opportunity to hunker down in a venue for a couple shows at a time -- as the quintet will this weekend at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

"Yeah, two nights is always fun," says bassist Jesse Miller, who co-founded Lotus during 1999 at Goshen College in Indiana. "That allows us to do some special things maybe we don't normally do and cover a lot of territory. Plus it's always fun to kind of relax after one show and come back and do it at the same place.

"and the Royal Oak is really a great theater. We love playing there."

Lotus, whose members now base primarily out of Philadelphia and Denver, will be spotlighting a recent and a future project that Miller acknowledges are "more organic" than some of the group's previous work. He notes that Lotus' latest album, last year's "Gilded Age," was, in fact, built on "the idea of everything's going to have more of this organic, band sound and was going to be more guitar-oriented. If there are keyboards, we decided it would be piano not synthesizer. That was driving the decisions as we were writing the songs. It's definitely more rock-focused than the last couple of projects."

Reaction from fans, says Miller, 35, has been favorable -- but mixed. "Some people will say, 'Oh, this is a return to older Lotus,' and some people will say, 'This is something totally different,'" he recalls with a laugh. "We've just always drawn from different sides -- something more rock 'n' roll, some things more electronic, some things more synthy.

"It's just interesting to hear other people talk about it."

Miller says Lotus is already playing songs from the batch of material ready for the group's next album, too, which he describes as "more poppy," with vocals on every track rather than mixing sung songs with instrumentals. "We've done stuff in that vein before," Miller says, "but this time we wanted everything to be really tight, really a lot of hooks. I'm really excited about how the material sounds.

"I think there are even things you might be able to hear on the radio -- now THAT would be something different for us."


Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Zoogma opens Friday. The Geek x VRV and Late NIght Radio open Saturday.

Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 day of show and $45 for a two-day ticket.

Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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