Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Oh, Jeremiah

Photo: Laura Meek
Oh, Jeremiah, is the musical cocktail of the musing and tall tales of singer/songwriter Jeremiah Stricklin. Each of his songs is filled with the distinct characteristics of the Deep Southern culture that he's called home for so long. The familiar people and places that he has always known are now the invisible forces that populate his songs simultaneously uplifting and haunting his person musically. His pace, his love of face-to-face conversation, and his enjoyment of wasting an afternoon sitting on a front porch have all given him and his music a flavor worth savoring. In short, he can be considered the 21st Century Tom Sawyer, the friend you would be willing to paint for or take a leap of faith with if you had a leap of faith with if you had to run away from the real world.

Taking his cues from great songwriters like John Ritter, Ryan Adams, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and countless others, Stricklin is embarking on an entirely new adventure with a full band in tow. Demonstrating vulnerability and intimacy, Oh Jeremiah creates a genuine connection with audience, both lyrically and in live performances. Consistently touring and telling deep personal anecdotes and stories with unflinching honesty, Stricklin brings audiences together through a shared experience transporting individuals into his songs to become part of something bigger than themselves.

In 2013 Oh, Jeremiah released their first EP, Tall Tales and Tiny Fables. In that year alone Oh, Jeremiah toured from Austin, TX to New York City. In April of 2014 the second album Our Very Own Kingdom sprung onto the top 20 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Since then, Oh, Jeremiah has opened for notable acts such as The Lobe Bellow, Jake Shimabukuro, and David Dondero.

Now, The band is preparing to release the video for "Beautiful Monster," the second single from Our Very Own Kingdom is available on iTunes HERE

Upcoming Shows
08/08 Ole Tavern - Jackson, MS
08/09 Callaghan's - Mobile, AL
08/15 Sound + Page - Birmingham, AL
08/16 Music on Main - Lilburn, GA
08/22  House Show - Knoxville, TN
08/30 House Show - Chattanooga, TN

To hear and learn more about Oh, Jeremiah go to:
Oh, Jeremiah

Sunday, July 20, 2014

True Rivals

True Rivals, a four piece punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, will release their debut full-length album. The debut album is a mix of Rancid-style dual vocals (led by bassist Derik Envy and guitarist Kevin Besignano) along with familiar sound of hard rock riffs and beats by drummer Nate Walker and guitarist Trevor Jackson; reminiscent of artist such as The Clash, The Specials and Social Distortion.

Created by a group of friends, the group consist of past and present members of Bullets and Octane, Unwritten Law, Lit, The exposed, Longway, Rufio and more. Individually the members have toured the world and have spent time performing on stages at some of music's largest festivals including Warped Tour, SoundWave, etc. and have toured alongside bands such as the Buzzcocks. Suicidal Tendencies, Sugar Ray, Zebrahead, Alkaline Trio, Horrorpops, Bad Religion, and The Flatliners. Together, they bring an old familiarity that is missing in today's music industry and prove once and for all that Rock and Roll, in fact, NOT dead.  R360 caught up with the lads direct from LA to chat with them about their newly released album.

R. Thanks for taking the time out to chat with us here at R360. Your first full length album is about to explode on June 17th and no doubt with make a lot of noise. Tell us a little about the making of the album from a lyrical and production perspective. What can the audience expect to hear?
Derik. I think from both a production and musical stand point what you hear is what you get. There's no trickery or auto tune on our record. If we couldn't play it or sing it you won't hear it. I like to write about what I know. I sing about life and experiences, I feel there's something on the record for everyone.
Trevor. Making this record was about as easy as I think any of us could ask for!  We really just got in a room and started to sort through song ideas.  We had no preconceived idea of what this band should sound like so we just started playing and we found a good groove.  
Kevin. Its definitely a fast paced punk rock record that keeps things pretty simple and straight forward. We just tried to write songs that made each other happy, doing all we could lyrically and musically until we all felt satisfied.

R. When it comes to recording music, do you consider yourselves to be ritualist? Do you feel a certain way when you are about to begin a project?
Derik. I feel like I always start the process super pumped and excited. Then somewhere in the middle I doubt everything and am over it. But I know I'm gonna be very proud and excited at the end. As the guys... I like recording but mixing and all that just isn't for me haha.
Trevor. Besides excited, no not really.  Every time we go into something I think we leave it open to what ever the song calls for. I think the biggest thing for us is that we gave our selves time to do proper pre-production on the songs. We sat with them and made sure we were happy with them before we started recording. 
Kevin. I think every song was a different experience for us as we were still learning how we would all come together. I think in the future we will develop habits and methods, but as far as this record we were all still learning to work with each other. 

R. PUNK music has evolved and changed over the decades. What's your view on where it stands today? Do you think its as revolutionary as it was in the past?
Derik. Punk or pop punk is always changing. People will always say it's dead However from what I see at shows it's all alive and well. Revolutionary? Probably not but I'd love to be proven wrong. Punk music is definitely getting stronger again.

Trevor. I don't know where it stands but it feels like it is more divided today than ever. Punk saw such a huge commercialization that I think it pushed it in a box.  People started making it an elitist movement and totally cut it off from other people. Then everyone bitches that there is no scene anymore and complains that it isn't as good as it once was. At the same time doing nothing to create a scene or support each other.  The younger generation likes different music. Its not because they won't like punk music but more because that is what labels and magazines are giving them. This type of music still moves people and still inspires people.  I think we just need to stop being afraid of, and counting out these younger kids that have Black Veil Brides shirts on and put the music back in front of them and let them decide. I think you would be surprised how many of them would be blown away. Give them a reason to support punk again and let them feel like they can be a part of something and they will come running!  

Kevin. I see no sense in comparing one time in the past to the present, things are obviously different because that's what happens over time, things change and evolve. While "punk" as a scene and movement might not be nearly as strong as it once was, the vibe and energy in "punk" as a sound and genre I think has only grown. I think its important to always remember the roots but to put out something that represents your take on it and the way you hear things. Theres no excitement in purposefully putting out a complete rip off record just to fit a mold. Bottom line, its all rock and roll and good songs bring people together, I think that's where it all lives.

R. Dead Weight is the first official lyric video from the upcoming album. Tell us a little about the song and the message behind it? 
Derik. The short of it is a story I've seen all to often when a city can chew up and spit a person out without even missing a beat. We live In LA, everyone's a 'model' and comes chasing something. There are more than enough bad decisions on the streets waiting and ready to deter your 'plan'. 

R. You lads have toured extensively in the last year. Any additional plans to tour this summer?
Trevor. We're doing everything in our power to get this show on the road. With the record "The Revenant" out on June 17th we wanna go out and play it for whoever will listen. Touring for a small independent band is harder today then when we all started touring. There's little to no money but since we're independent every dollar helps. If fans will buy our record and come to the shows we'll find a way to get to your city.

R. How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen seen you before? 
Derik. Roots rock n roll. We're a punk rock band. Lots of energy and no stupid gimmicks. We're not here to reinvent the wheel we just want to do all we can to keep it rolling and show a new generation the sound that we love. It is going to be loud and full of energy. You will see a group of guys that really love what they do. Hopefully it will be a good time for everyone!

R. What do you you think your "biggest break" or "greatest opportunity" has been so far in your musical career? 
Derik. Just as in any part of life the best is yet to come. Since that is too cliche of an answer I'll say getting to go to Australia multiple time. I love it there and the people are rad. We're definitely getting True Rivals to OZ as soon as we can. They love punk rock, it's inspiring to see.

Last but not least...

R. Just for fun... fill in the blanks!
Without music, we would be... Janitors, waiters, light guys.
Music is... Life.
Our music makes us feel... United.
We write the songs because... It's therapy.
Support music because... You believe in it.

True Rivals new album "The Revenant"is out now and available HERE

To hear and learn more about True Rivals go to:
True Rivals
True Rivals album

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Matt Jaffe & The Distractions

Review: Moving beyond New York City and their home base in Northern California, Matt Jaffe brought his high energy rock band The Distractions to North Hollywood's Federal last night, energizing a respectable audience and demonstrating that he can play in larger venues. This was a return trip for the young new wave band, having previously opened for bands at LA's The Central and The Mint, after gigs in new York City at Tammany Hall, The Living Room, and festivals in Times Square.
The young (he just finished his first year at Yale) Northern California - raised guitarist and his band mates drummer Alex Coltharp and bassist Sammie Fischer have mastered the high-spirited sound that he shifted to when he exchanged the acoustic music of his high school days for an electric guitar. With songwriting that shimmers with the best of the hard rock groups in the Southland clubs these days, Matt led his bandmates in nine new songs that showed how he has moved far beyond the slick blend-into-the-background pop music that surrounds us. And his lyrics always gives us something to think about.

I suspect the audience would have been much larger if the Federal had been an all-ages club no one Matt's age was allowed in, although some tried. The set was more  geared to a young audience, almost exclusively featuring high energy new wave rock and rambunctious stage dancing, leaving out some of the group's more complex songs and the exquisite guitar solos a that Matt is capable of.

However, the major appeal of The Distractions may be Matt himself: "he's so cute!" exclaimed a barely 21-year old tattooed Latina sitting with her head-bobbing friends in a booth as the group rocked through "Overboard". But his charm is far more than cute; his voice is distinctive - there is nothing like it in the hard rock world. And his guitar - playing is superb - grounded in years of classical training that makes the instruments an extension of his body and his mind. That was evident to ex- talking Head member Jerry Harrison who was so impressed with Jaffe's guitar playing and over-all talent at a local open mic evening that he offered to produce Matt's music.

Matt's set list at The Federal was a wise choice  - new songs. While regular fans may have missed his standards "Backs of our eyelids", "Armistice Day" and "New Continent", he chose to play his latest works. He was likely testing them before going into the studio in Berkeley next week with Jerry Harrison who has drafted Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty) on drums and Nathan East on bass to produce Matt's first full album. Although new, each song was tight, from the kick off songs like "Write and Song" and Summer" to the wrap up tunes "No Hesitation" and "Chore". Each was structured around Matt's penetrating song writing and the impressive choreography of the band - never missing  a beat either in the music or inner stage presence.

While the family home is Marin county, north of Gold Gate, and Matt is currently based at Yale University where he juggles studies and music - with being his self proclaimed first priority. He is wise to build an audience in Southern California where clubs proliferate and opportunities to grow abound. This will serve him well when he releases his debut album - as yet untitled. What else will serve his well is the large inventory of songs he has built up in the few short years he has been playing rock. last night we heard nine news songs enough for an album if he wanted to stop there. But he won't. In addition to the songs in his inventory like "Stoned on Easter", "England Prevails",  "My Avalanche" and of course "Backs of Our Eyelids", which have helped build his career, Matt Jaffe has an arsenal of tunes to choose from the album and the strategic smarts to carefully ration out the best so we will want more. And we will....

You can download all the music HERE

To hear and learn more about Matt Jaffe & The Distractions go to:
Matt Jaffe

LA. Correspondent
Patrick O'Heffernan

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ívar Páll Jónsson

Home to some of the world's greatest musical luminaries, including Bjork, Sigur Ros, and Of Monsters and Men, Icleand's explosive cultural scene has produced a new champion - composer Ìvar Pàll Jònsson. His ambitious new concept album, Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter , features Liam Mccormick (The Family Crest) along with Jònsson's Revolutionary Cellular Orchestra and an all - star lineup of Icelands's top singers (among them, Stefan Orn Gunnlaugsson of IKORNI and Hjalti porkelesson of Mùgsefin).

A homage to the absurdity and grandeur of classic rock at it's most epic (think The Who's Tommy or Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust) and with with influences including Radiohead, Grizzy Bear, and Sufjan Stevens, the album weaves a tale of love, war, and brotherhood that that all takes place within the microcosm of an oblivious man's elbow. With the added dimension of an off-Broadway theater production of the same starring Tony winner Cady Huffman and former Miss America Kate Shindle, the album's "alternation between elegiac grace, alternative pop current, and Bacharach hints" (The Big Takeover) makes it the perfect metaphor for big things happening in small places. So off we went to chat with Jònsson to discuss his strange yet wonderful concept album.

R. Before we get started, we wanted to let you know that we have been practicing our Icelandic language. Lets first start with "Hallò" (ha-loh), and thank you for taking the time to chat with R360. It's been a while since I've listened to a concept album. My early memories of concept albums go way back when the great iconic legends took music to a whole new level and shifted the entire spectrum of music and sound. What was the motivation behind this album and how did it all come about?
IJ. That's a very respectable attempt at Icelandic! Well, my objective with this record was twofold. I want to tell a story, and I wanted to make the best damn music I was capable of. Something I'd listen to myself. I was lucky enough enough to find Stefan Orn Gunnlaugsson, who then became my producer and helped me in my quest to make to make the album possible. 

R. Perhaps the most obvious question would be to ask. Who is Ragnar Agnarsson? What about Furniture Painter? Revolution in the Elbow? please explain?  Are you anywhere inside this microcosm fantasy? 
IJ. Ragnar Agnarsson is a middle-aged man, rather scruffy and untidy. He is in a way irrelevant to the story. He is absolutely oblivious to the fact that there is a tiny village inside his elbow. His profession, painting, is quite new. In fact, I don't thing it even exists. Revolution tells the story of three brothers, two of whom fall in love with the same woman. one of them leaves town, while the other one gets the girl and invents a Prosperity machine. Things blossom in new-found prosperity, until reality knock son the floor. I myself am not anywhere inside the elbow of Ragnar, but Ragnar lives inside my brain and Elbowville lives inside Ragnar.

R. The first track of the album The Legacy of Elbowville is atmospheric in sound, seductive with industrial undertones and hidden classical notes. I did very much enjoy! Who does the over-all writing/art/literature?(Discuss the songwriting and production process in detail.)
IJ. Thank you! I write the whole thing. I usually come up wit a chord progression and melody, singing some gibberish. If the song is up to my standards, I write a new lyric and re-record. Stefan Orn, my producer, then arranges the song and records it. That's how Legacy was done. 

Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter will open as a theatre production in New York's City's West Village in August 2014

R. If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit? (name up to three)
IJ. It's hard for me to put my music in a box, although I understand the need for people to understand what is being talked about, I guess indie rock would be the closet genre, but I like the genre Ìvar Pàll Jònsson. 

R. What can people expect to see at your live performance? Are you planning any tours over the summer?
IJ. People can expect an emotive, anthemic and powerful performance. We - The Revolutionary Cellular Orchestra  - will be playing a release concert this Tuesday, the 15th of July, at Rockwood Music Hall. There are some other gigs coming up, including one at Joe's Pub on September 14th. 

R. Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?
IJ. I have lots of influences, I guess the biggest one would be Ludwig van Beethoven. I'm a big Bowie fan, I love Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age, Of Montreal, Frank Black, Wilco and on and on and on.  

R. Which is the greatest concept album ever written?
IJ. Tommy by The Who is great. Sgt. Pepper is good and Jesus Christ Superstar also. 

Last but not least...

R. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
IJ. That I exist. I don't think many people have heard of me. 

Revolution in the Elbow Room of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter is available HERE

To hear and learn more about Ìvar Pàll Jònsson go to:
Ivar Pall Jonsson
Revolution Elbow

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dree Paterson

Dree Paterson breaks through with A Louder Side of Me EP
Review: Breaking through the clutter in LA music market is very difficult for a young artist. You build a following through small clubs, singing covers while you write your own songs and collect the confidence, the capital and the inventory to produce a first EP or albumAnd when you do, it had better be more than good - because everyone is good - it must be outstanding and uniquely yours.

Dree Paterson has done done that. Her debut EP, A Louder Side of Me is a breakthrough work that demonstrates her poised flexibility across multiple genres while solidly establishing a unique, unmistakable voice that resonates in all of them.

Each of the five songs on A Louder Side of Me is carefully crafted so that it stands alone while remaining connected to the others through her voice and inflection. The result is a whole greater than the sum of the parts, a far-ranging musical narrative that could very be the best debut EP of the year.

When I heard the opening cut, "Forever", it was love at first listen. A blend of muted hard rock guitar, multiple vocal layers, almost pop tempo, but not quite - something more sophisticated - it sticks. But it was the lyrics that got me:

In the darkened tumble, sweet perfume/Beauty of the night, I'm here with you
Lost in the sheets tangled up in me
Say you'll, say you'll/Say you'll never leave
Take a hit of me, ooh you know I'm all you need.

Sex and hope - the pulse of youth - but expressed through a refined musical topography that seems impossibly refined for a young debut album. But there it is, confident, defiant, ready for life. 
Then Dree shifts to "Dust" and breaks your heart. There is no tempering here, no holding back, no enfolding the feeling in chord changes and tempo shifts. It is just Dree and the piano, quietly nuanced with percussion and base and later, keyboard, singing alone as she watercolors a picture of the loneliness of memories in exquisite lines of internal poetry. 

Handful of ashes still abandoned/tell me where did you go
Hard to imagine, look for distraction/as I'm trapped in the low.

We have all been there and try to forget it as we move on. But those moments of emotional agony are still with us. It takes a high talent to collect the dust from the neurons of our memories and blow them in our ears like dry-brittle kisses. It haunting and magic and shows a talent far beyond Dree's years. 

And then, before you can shake the dust of your ears, out comes the playful "I Quit" a light - hearted skip through a young musician's more fervent desire - quitting the day job and making a living with music alone. Bouncing along on a ukulele with a rhythm guitar and keyboard/piano, "I Quit" is a joyful cartoon. You can almost see the animated figures of one, two, any Dree Patersons, singing When I quit oh, I quit, make like banana and split as they dance away from the job. What fun, and more importantly, what courage to include it on a debut album. 

"In or Out" is solid hard rock and l, with a pulsing bass and soaring guitar weaving in and out of Dree's single and multiple layered vocals, belting out the demand. Don't make me choose/it's up to you/Take a leap into the future. Dree's signature voice pushes through the wall of guitar an d drum making it uniquely hers. After hearing it, you know this girl can rock with the best of them. 

Another song on the EP, "Over" is also rock, but more pop and more commercial. The chorus  is a strong hook that I can imagine her fans repeating back to her in club concerts and they bounce in front of the stage to the beat. She carries it off with professional feel - you would think that she has been writing and performing for years, designing songs that are perfectly tuned to stick in the mind, animate a crowd and entice a record label. Very impressive for a debut effort actually, very impressive for anyone. 

A Louder Side of Me stands on its own as a great entertainment worthy of a seasoned artist. As you upload it, remind yourself that it is a debut album so you had better save space for many more. This woman is going places and you will want to go with her. And you will have lots of company. 

Forever is out now and available HERE

To hear and learn more about Dree Paterson go to:

 LA. Correspondent
Patrick O' Heffernan 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mary Scholz

The Girl You Thought You Knew: a romance propelled by angelic voice and heart piercing lyrics.
Review: To see Mary Scholz live in concert is to fall in love. It is not just the flashing dark eyes or the crown of black ringlets or the confident, welcoming body language at the microphone. It is the voice and the lyrics - the music that flows from the stage and puts its soft hands on your cheeks, kisses your forehead, your ears, your mouth and becomes your lover. You are taken; you know this woman and her music and you want to spend the rest of your life listening to her.

Her new album, The Girl You Thought You Knew has the same effect. It's a star-filled Milky Way of music that tightens your stomach, speeds your pulse and captures your heart. The fifteen songs on this album are each crafted and polished and presented as a love offering in a carefully sequenced order that defines her heart and pierces yours. This is not an album to play on shuffle; it is a romance ready to ripen.

Beginning with "A Mournful Noise", the anguished cry of loss and heartbreak that evokes an image of a siren standing on a hill crying for a lost lover, then shifting to her hit single, the country - twanged "The Bridges We Burn" Mary sets the stage with lines, "Can I leave/Can I let it go/Can I just walk away from the life we have built. You are forewarned; this is an emotional journey like no other. The pace picks up  with a blues - rock tempo title song The Girl You Thought You Knew that unreels the story, pushing your love away with the lyrics, "I'm Sorry baby, but I tried/Sorry for telling you all those lies". This girl has been places, not all of them god, and you alternately want to take her in your arms and comfort her and scream back at her in anger.

The album was released in February, but I waited until now to review it so I could see her live and talk with her. I am glad I did, because it gave me her backstory and a glimpse of her personal power.

For me, two songs on the album close the deal: In My Bed spills out a woman's needs - complex, erotic, urgent but romantic. She sings directly to me, the listener, "I want to feel you inside/I want to know its just inside of my mind/pull me closer to you baby". Man, woman, young, old - it doesn't matter, you want to pull her close, to feel that soft crystalline voice inside you.

But elsewhere in the album, she tells you that you can't feel her inside because she is "Someone Else's Wife", to my mind the most powerful song on the album. Drawn from her young marriage and divorce, "Someone Else's Wife" pulls you close to her heart, but near her body. The conflict that love can bring is laid out bare before you with the catch of tars in her voice. For those who have been there, it surfaces feelings long ago buried; for those who have not, it is a vicarious experience both sweet and bitter.

The love and anger and ache that builds up through the album - a chronicle of the love, anger and ache that we have all felt as we have fallen in and out of love - melts away in this song as she gives you a window into the heart of a young woman's dilemma, a window so clear even a man can see the feeling on the other side.

Mary Scholz's album The Girl You Thought You Knew is a romance of powerful feeling - regret, sadness, love, sex, independence and strength - all delivered in an angelic voice and heartrending lyrics. Listen to it all the way through and you will fall in love. I did. Available HERE

To hear and learn more about Mary Scholz go to:
Mary Scholz Music

L.A. Correspondent
Patrick O'Heffernan

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lotus Effect

An alternative rock group from Houston, TX, Lotus Effect was at the fore-front of the Alt - Metal movement in Houston since 2006. What started out as an experimental progressive jam band quickly matured into a mainstream heavy rock group without shedding the progressive tendencies that came to characterize their Southern post progressive alternative sound.

Founded by classically trained, progressive drummer Gabriel Blog, with bassist Jason Malley and guitarist Rick Marquez, the current line up features original member Rick Marquez, along with singer Dremaceo Giles, bassist Vincent Fink and drummer Richie Caldwell.

While some would describe Lotus Effect's sound as a combination of Coheed and Cambria fronted by Incubus, their unconventional songwriting process draws cues from dreams, literature, film, and classical art, while creating songs that suggest a musical influence from such mainstream avant-garde bands such as System of a Down, Soundgarden, Deftones and Tool.

The band released their first EP "Rabbits & Royalty" in 2010, which brought them critical along with 2010 Houston Press Music Award for "Best Rock." The group has performed with  eclectic national acts such as Nico Vega, Semi Previous Weapons, Kings X, Kataonia and more.

"Totality" the new single and video from their upcoming debut-album of the same name is winning raves for their Carl Sagan inspired environmental message. The sci-fi music video follows the totality of time from the big bang theory to the end of the world, pitting science and technology against nature in a slowdown that's part Neil de Grasse Tyson and part Captain Planet.

The DIY video took over 7 months to complete, being shot almost entirely on green screen and enlisted  the help of other local artists, bands and local models. In its first week of release, the video has quickly racked up thousands of views and has been hailed by the Houston Press as "arguably the most ambitious music video shot by a local Houston band, with special effects that rival many big budget efforts that you'd normally see on A-level artists."  The album "Totality" is slated for release in summer 2014.  In the mean time, we caught up with the fellas direct from Houston to take us on this magical carpet ride of totality...

R. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us here at R360. Lets get down to the core of things, for our audience, what type of band are you?
LE. We are in an Alternative Metal band from out of Houston, Texas. We're a touch too heavy for the alternative rock genre but too melodic to be considered Metal, so we're caught in that blissful purgatory in between.

R. Tell us the brief history of your band? Why did you pick your band name? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?
LE.We're just four guys that came together from our own different paths and musically we just clicked so we kept at it. I think the name just evolved from the effect that music had on us as we struggled through different points of our lives and you could always turn to music and it had that calming effect to get you through it, which is something I think anyone can relate to. As far as genre, we all had our different influences from Soundgarden, Blindside, Thrice to even CCR, so when you throw everybody's tendencies and preferences into pot, it's only natural this is the sound we were left with.

R. Totality is the new single from your upcoming debut album of the same name. NOW, this video completely blew my mind. WTF were you guys thinking? What creative forces inspired this video and by all means tells us the message behind these lyrics?
LE. Hahaha, thanks so much, I think we really just wanted to push ourselves in the making of the video and just let our imagination be the limit. We wanted to incorporate themes of creation, science, theology, and spirituality, along with our own sense of consciousness and our awareness of how we fit the the grander scheme of things. That's also the driving message behind the song, the totality of all our actions and decisions create a larger whole.

R. Who does most of the song writing? (discuss the songwriting process in detail.)
LE. The songwriting process is mostly collaborative. Any member of the band will come in with a riff or rhythm that they've been tinkering with and we'll jam around it until it's fleshed out into a song. As the singer, I write the lyrics and there has been plenty of times where I've had an entire song written lyrically and the guys will build around the lyrics. We also make it a point to just improv and jam every practice and it's amazing how many songs come out of those sessions. Those songs are often the quickest and easiest to write as well.

R. What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?
LE. That's a question. I guess our image is that off some progressive minded dudes, who don't take ourselves too seriously. Does work? Was that answer a copout?

R. What do you fellas attribute to your "drive as artists"?
LE. The music is the drive. When you have an idea for a song in your head, it tends to take over until it's given life by fleshing it out, recording it and sharing it with other people, on record or live. It's almost a demonic possession and once one song is out, there are four more in your head fighting to get out. that and also the support we get from people who connected with our music and tell us to keep going, we bring a little something they haven't quite heard before.

R. What else in on the horizon? Any shows or tours?
LE. Our biggest focus is releasing the album, which we are very proud of and can't wait to share with everyone. We have a few more music videos in the wings that we are very proud of and can't wait to share with everyone. We have a few more music videos in the wings that we will be interesting, and then yes, it's on the road where the real work begins.

Last but not least...

R. Do you think destiny has called you so strongly that you are convinced an essential part of your nature has to do with bringing your music to as many people as you can reach? WHY?
LE. I don't know if I'd say it's necessary to bring it to as many people as possible, but it is necessary to give it life. I guess as I kind of touched on earlier, the music we make will hopefully be around long after we are, so there is definitely a drive to give it 200%, leave everything on the court if you will. Thanks for taking the time with us, R360 are king and we had a blast, thanks so much.

Totality and all their other tracks can be heard Here

To hear and learn more about Lotus Effect go to:
Lotus Effect