In early December of last year, jamtronica favorites Lotus released a new album, Frames Per Second, their first studio release since 2016’s Eat the Light. Frames Per Second is a lengthy, all-instrumental 19-track release comprised of a mix of never-before-heard material as well as songs the band had been introducing and road-testing since the release of Eat The Light.
The five-piece band—comprised of Mike Greenfield (drums), Jesse Miller (bass, sampler), Luke Miller (guitar, keys), Mike Rempel (guitar), and Chuck Morris (percussion)—celebrated the new album with a heavy touring summer, which featured headlining sets at Summer Camp Music Festival, Great South Bay Music Festival, The Peach Music Festival, their own Summerdance festival, and more.
Today, Live For Live Music is pleased to debut Lotus’ new track, “Leave A Little Room For Jesus”, featuring former The Motet vocalist, Jans Ingber. As Jesse Miller explains of the new release, “This track goes back to 2014 when we were writing for our album ‘Eat the Light’. I wanted to ride the line between a Motown groove and something that sampled one of those grooves. Classic sounds like Rhodes, a triangle and conga percussion groove, and thinned out rhythm guitar slowly grow to include synths and dub effect treatments.”
Adds Ingber, “It’s an honor to collaborate, without a care of genre, on a song that has some teeth.”
“Leave A Little Room For Jesus” opens up with a feel-good backbeat out of Greenfield and Morris’ corners before Rempel joins the band with a breezy, spirited rhythmic guitar lick. Contrary to many of Lotus’ more electronic-based instrumental tracks, the new tune is lathered with funk, soul, and R&B, thanks to Ingber’s lush and layered lead vocals.
You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of Lotus’ new “Leave A Little Room For Jesus” single below:
Lotus ft. Jans Ingber – “Leave A Little Room For Jesus” [Premiere]
Lotus will continue their 2019 fall tour with a three-night Colorado Halloween run at Aspen’s Belly Up on October 31st and November 1st and Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium on November 2nd. Lotus also just announced the theme for their 11/2 show in Denver: A Flaming Lips Tribute: Psychedelic Robot Battle at the Gates of Hell with special guest Moon Hooch.
From there, the band will navigate the Midwest and Northeast with performances at Columbus, OH’s Newport Music Hall (11/15); Cleveland, OH’s Beachland Ballroom (11/16 & 11/17); Syracuse, NY’s Westcott Theater (11/20); Cohoes, NY’s Cohoes Music Hall (11/21); Rochester, NY’s Anthology (11/22); Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground (11/23 & 11/24); and Philadelphia, PA’s Fillmore (11/30).
Following a month-long break from the road, the quintet will regroup and ring in the new year with a five-night run throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic beginning with a performance at Pittsburgh, PA’s Stage AE on December 27th. Lotus will continue on with stops at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Steel on December 28th and Boston, MA’s Royale Boston on December 29th before closing things out with a two-night run at Baltimore, MD’s Rams Head Live! on December 30th and 31st.
See below for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates. For ticketing and more information, head to Lotus’ website.
Lotus 2019/2020 Tour Dates:
Oct 31 & Nov 1 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
Nov 2 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium* (Lotus – A Flaming Lips Tribute Psychedelic Robot Battle at the Gates of Hell)
Nov 15 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall ^
Nov 16 & Nov 17 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom ^
Nov 20 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater ^
Nov 21 -Cohoes, NY – Cohoes Music Hall^
Nov 22 – Rochester, NY – Anthology ^
Nov 23 & Nov 24 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^
Nov 30 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore #
Dec 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE **
Dec 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel **
Dec 29 – Boston, MA Royale Boston **
Dec 30 & Dec. 31 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live **
Jan 7 – 12 – Jam Cruise
* with Moon Hooch
^ with Wax Furture
# with Muscle Tough
** with lespecial