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OK, in your head, we want you to picture Soul Asylum. No, not "Runaway Train." We mean the energy, angsty effervescence of something like "Somebody to Shove." Wed that haunting voice and throbbing guitars to a mild prog-rock sensibility and you have Lotus Effect's EP, Rabbits and Royalties. The release contains four hard-rocking anthems dedicated to death and the pain of both being gone and being left behind. Now, the songs might be just the teensiest, tiniest bit too long for the increasingly ADD-addled music aficionados that make up the modern radio consumer, but maybe that extra minute and a half is the line between what is popular and what is truly epic. The release is well-read in pop culture and classic lit. "Warhol" starts the album with an aching invocation to Edie Sedgwick, one of Andy Warhol's muses, while
(misspelling aside) retells the tale of Romeo and Juliet louder and more painfully than Baz Luhrmann could have hoped to. In fact, the majority of the album is a screaming audio obelisk to loss. Loss of heroes, loves, lives, and everything between and beyond. And while "Warhol" and "Mercucio" speak of public mournings, it's the personal power of "Simple Pages" and "Fireflies" (particularly the acoustic version of the latter that ends the EP) that will make you realize that Lotus Effect is one of those acts whose music will forever mark a page in your life's book. What Muse once was, and now only pretends to be, Lotus Effect is.
With the Live Lights and Ellyspeas, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington, 713-862-2513 or www.4215washington.com. $10 cover includes copy of the EP; some proceeds from the show will go to the Pablove Foundation. Contact the band at firstname.lastname@example.org.