Don’t expect this electronic jam band to just come in and do its thing when it appears onstage. In addition to the elaborate lighting it ordinarily uses, Lotus (Mike Greenfield, drums; Jesse Miller, bass and sampler; Luke Miller, guitar, keys; Mike Rempel, guitar; Chuck Morris, percussion) often thinks expansively when choosing how and what to play. On one occasion, the group dressed up as rock stars who died at twenty-seven while including covers by The Rolling Stones (in their Brian Jones phase), The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. For another gig they came out as David Bowie “characters” while doing tunes like “Fame” and “Under Pressure.”
Lotus uses electronic sounds to form its music’s texture, but Mike Rempel’s guitar takes center stage in many of its tunes. Take for example “Golden Ghost,” a track from their recently released self-titled album. The sampler and keys form a strong backbone that complements the rhythm section of Miller and Morris, but Greenfield adds smart riffs and effects that give the tune a rock-tinged feel. The band has recently released a remix of “Orchids” done by The Album Leaf, who added a more moody texture to the original. (Ernest Barteldes)
February 17 at the Congress Theater, 2135 North Milwaukee, (773)276-1235, 7:30pm. $22. 17+.