Lincoln’s eclectic six-piece Dancing Lotus launched their latest album “Colour and Light” at a packed Mezz Bar on Saturday, April 17th.
The night kicked off with Elliott Morris, whose complex rhythms immediately grabbed everyone’s attention and soon had the 270-strong crowd on his side. His forthcoming single “A Matter of Time” was incredibly well received and prompted many in the crowd to sing along.
Morris rounded off his excellent set with “Nothing In Particular” – a blues-rock influenced track that led the way into a medley of various songs, including Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name”, Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc”, and his now well-known cover of Basshunter’s “All I Ever Wanted”.
It set the bar high, but Dancing Lotus duly delivered.
After an impressive break-dancing performance by Dumi, Lotus took to the stage, and confidently launched into their new material. Opening with “The Turn”, it became apparent that the new material would certainly not sound out of place on Radio 1.
“The Colour and Light” sound is a sharper one than that of their previous offering, “Last Line of a Sonnet”. Tracks such as the exotic “Sunset Café”, the ska-influenced “Outlaws”, and slower tracks “6am” and” Sparks” demonstrate Lotus’ musical nouse brilliantly, and illustrate just how disparate their influences are.
As a result, their music is hard to define, taking elements from blues, hip-hop, folk, and rock, but still sounding individual. A potent combination indeed, and with a set entirely made up of original material, the crowd were left wanting more.
Speaking with The Linc after the performance, Joe MacAllister, Lotus’ lead guitarist, was delighted with the gig: “I’m incredibly happy with how it went. I’m sure the band will all agree it was an excellent night and a chance gauge the reaction to the new stuff. We’ve been waiting so long to play the new material, and we loved it.”
One fan, Ian Boyle, agreed and described Dancing Lotus’ performance as “fantastic.”
“I loved it,” Boyle said, “I’ve only seen them once before, but they were great that time. I’ve bought their album tonight, and I’ll definitely be giving it a listen when I have the chance. Top stuff.”Tweet