The Lotus Effect. Can you guess which member has cold feet?
In a 1982 interview with The Zealots (a Houston band whose influences included King Crimson, Joy Division and Gang Of Four), singer Tim McGlashen told me that one of his band’s goals was “to unite the rock audience and appeal to a wide variety of people.” It was an interesting time. The first wave of punk rock, a reaction to the pretense of progressive and mainstream rock, had come and gone and we had entered into the era of post-punk with it’s too-numerous-to-mention sub-genres. The Zealots had the ambitious goal of bringing together a disparate audience and, during their time as a band, they succeeded.
28 years later, the Houston band Lotus Effect has similar aspirations with the release of their new 5-track EP, Rabbits & Royalty. In contrast to The Zealots (a post-punk band), Lotus Effect originates from the opposite end of the rock spectrum. A self-described progressive rock band, the members of Lotus Effect are well aware of the negative preconceptions often associated with the genre. Singer Dre Giles explains: “From the beginning, we wanted to break that connotation. We wanted to make gritty progressive rock that was more accessible to someone who (previously) would never even consider listening to our genre.”
For the opening track, “Warhol,” Dre’s inspiration came from a small San Antonio dive bar called The Warhol (later renamed as The Ten Eleven) and Andy Warhol’s muse, Edie Sedgwick, after seeing her story in the film Factory Girl. Rabbit & Royalty also includes “Mercucio” (a modern retelling of Romeo & Juliet), and the Pat Tillman inspired “Fireflies”. A free download of “Warhol” is available from the band’s page at ReverbNation.
Lotus Effect will perform tonight, April 24, at Walter’s On Washington at 4215 Washington Ave. to celebrate the release of Rabbits & Royalty along with special guests The Live Lights, Ellypseas, and Cold Forty Three. Admission is $10 and includes a CD copy of the EP.
A portion of the proceeds from Rabbits & Royalty will be donated to The Pat Tillman Foundation supporting future generations of leaders who embody the American tradition of citizen service, and The Pablove Foundation benefitting terminally ill children.
The video below is for Lotus Effect's previously released song "Means To An End," not to be confused with the post-punk Joy Division song by the same name.