Four days before the New Years Lotus arrived in Chicago for their two night run at the Riviera Theater, presented by Jam Productions. The first night began early doors at 8pm and music beginning sharply at 8:30 with Archnemesis, a two-piece electronic act that incorporates Blues, Jazz, and Hip-Hop samples with their original compositions. It gives them a unique urban electro dance vibe very different from your generic EDM act. A few things that stood out during their set was their remix of Kanye West’s ‘and some new funky glitch tracks they performed before ending the set.
Up next was Zoogma, a four-piece live electronic rock band that combines DJ elements along with live instrumentations that boosted the crowd’s energy throughout their set. Starting roughly around 9:15, the band opened with the Chicago Bulls Theme song that went into to an epic synth heavy jam with sick guitar swells that transitioned to a slowed down sitar based groove that eventually built its way back into the original epic synth jam from the beginning. Throughout their set they experimented with various genres and executed their remixed cover of “ That’s the way I like it” by KC and the Sunshine band. They closed out the set with their song “M10” which has become a Zoogma anthem, it combines samples from Three Six Mafia’s “I Gotta Stay High” along with guitar riffs that definitely brought the place to their feet and left the crowd with high energy and anticipation for Lotus to come out and shred.
After a half an hour set change Lotus took the stage at 10:30pm opening with their classic, “Suitcases” into “Break Build Burn,” a melodic song with a clever sample “put your hands up” that had majority of the crowd doing so followed by a monumental guitar solo that brought the song to another level. In the first set Lotus also played “Monks” which is always a sight to see, and shortly after took a set-break around midnight. Starting off the second set was a Mord Fustang cover; “We are Not Connected,” into a crowd favorite, “Golden Ghost.” The second set eventually closed out with the crowd pleasing and personal favorite, “Tip of the Tongue,” and encored with “Marisol” and “Grayrigg” which left the crowd in anticipation for the second and final night of their run at the Riv.
Throughout the night the lighting designer used the theater to its full potential, which was nothing less then what was expected. Strobes were used along with wild patterns on the movers; their rig for the night accented the theater’s aesthetics and really brought the production together as a whole. Throughout the night the colorful crowd was shaking their booties and loving the face melting sounds and lights of Lotus until the very end.