||Gossip Diet CD (2006) |
For a band with a laid-back name like Lotus Child, these guys have been phenomenally busy this year. Over the winter of 05/06 they've balanced sold out shows at Vancouver's premier indie venues and recorded their first full-length album at Warehouse Studio with producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, New Pornographers, 54-40). The album, titled Gossip Diet, is scheduled for release in spring 2006 and will take the boys on two Canadian tours this year.
Lotus Child was born when Zachary Gray and Tom Dobrzanski met in a touring choir as teenagers, becoming friends while killing time in the green room before concerts on a tour of Europe. Back home in Vancouver, they began writing their own guitar and piano music, making tapes on Zach's dad's 4-track. As years went by they started drawing more and more from bands like Muse, Spoon, and Arcade Fire; and so began the search for other members.
After hitting it off with experienced touring musicians Peter Carruthers on bass and Miles Bruce on drums, suddenly they had a band on their hands, and after a giant fight that culminated with Tom and Zach dumping cans of Wildcat on each others heads, they agreed to call themselves Lotus Child.
Lotus Child recorded their first album, a self-titled EP, in the transformed guest room of Tom's basement. Club owners were impressed, and Lotus Child set out to take on Vancouver, scoring regular sell-outs at Mesa Luna Nightclub, The Backstage Lounge, and The Media Club. Audience reaction was overwhelming to Lotus Child's sophisticated brand of indie pop-rock; seemingly overnight they were being hyped by youthful masses across Canada.
With their electrifying live show and a battery of new material, Lotus Child is poised to dominate indie clubs and airwaves throughout the continent. Morale is justifiably high these days at the Lotus Child camp, and when asked about the gruelling schedule the year has become, Gray is philosophical. "Everything's fallen into place pretty well for us, so I don't think you could call it gruelling, necessarily. Um!I mean yeah. We're robots."
Audio Mixer: Howard Redekopp.
Recording information: Mushroom Studios (11/2005-01/2006); Vertical Productions, Vancpuver, Canada (11/2005-01/2006); Warehouse Studio (11/2005-01/2006).