On the opening date of the Golden Age tour, we were blessed with the opportunity to sit down with Alan, Douglas, Cameron, Jamie and Roland of the groove metal machine that is LOTUS EATER. Crammed into the back of the tour van and eager to kick start the evening, we spent a warm and sweaty 10 minutes to discuss their debut EP and pick apart the darker undertones of what lies ahead for this behemoth of a band.
You have a Self-Titled EP, which is into the first month of it’s release, how do you feel about the reception it has had in such a short time?
Douglas: “It was different, I think that’s why people liked it, but it wasn’t unique”.
Alan: “And it was our first release, since we re-branded”.
Cameron: “It’s been really positive, everyone’s really enjoyed it, and it’s great from our perspective, we haven’t had a negative thing said about it”.
Alan: “A lot more people have said stuff about it than I thought they would, I think we all think the release has been received better than what we thought it would have been”.
Douglas: “Like we’ve had interest from bigger names like Danny from Neck Deep, and Josh from Issues“.
Alan: “Yeah! Cool people like it, so that’s alright!”.
Which leads us to ask that you have appeared up on Sharptone Record’s radar, due to your affiliation with LOATHE, and your work with Erik [Bickerstaffe]. Would you care to talk about that relationship, and how his influence had an impact on your work?
Douglas: “Well we’ve played with LOATHE“.
Alan: “Yeah exactly and we were doing something cool, so we came to them”
Douglas: “I because Erik helped write it, it has those LOATHE influences, when we wrote the EP we weren’t really going for a sound, we just wrote it because we personally thought it sounded good. And when we went to Erik he just kinda made it better! And he made it more LOATHE-y in a good way.”
Roland: “It’s definitely got those LOATHE influences”.
Cameron: “Erik was a great producer because he took our influences and made them better, we’re going back to Erik with the Album”.
You could argue that this is one of your first major tours, how does it feel to be on tour?
Douglas: “Yeah our first major one as this band”.
Cameron: “It’s brilliant to be with From Sorrow To Serenity”.
Do you have any ways that your prepare for Touring?
Douglas: “We’ve played the set too many times!”.
Alan: “Yeah we just play the set a million times, we got a rehearsal room/space and we just sit in there for a very long time”.
Douglas: “I think if we just toured not long after the EP’s release, it wouldn’t be as good, because we played so many shows before it, and we’d just get so into it, and we wouldn’t feel the need to practice it half the time. But we do it for safety so. It’s mostly sorting out backing tracks. And focusing on stage presence”.
Alan: “We don’t do anything specific like any rituals, we just chill, it’s just chill”.
Are there any particular influences that went into your creative process when writing?
Douglas: “Since we just discovered LOATHE, I would say they have a little bit, but we didn’t write it with the intention of sounding like them”.
Roland: “To be honest, I would say we didn’t sound like LOATHE at all until we went to Erik, that isn’t who we weren’t primarily taking inspiration from”.
Cameron: “We’ve taken influences from bands like Structures, Humanity’s Last Breath, and we’ve put into it lyrically, about how the world is changing, and how we are feeling and give people our perspective”.
Douglas: “The lyrics we put a lot of thought into even though they were done rather quickly, they had meaning to them”.
Cameron: “We just want to portray a story everyone can get into”.
Are there any future plans you have, despite it being very early to ask as you recently launched your Self-Titled EP, is there anything you can disclose that is in the pipeline at the moment?
Alan: “We are writing an Album”.
Cameron: “Yes, which we are currently working on, and we have a few shows coming up – which we can’t comment on. But the plan is to just Tour as much as we can”.
Douglas: “And I think we are trying to play bigger one off shows too as a band too”.
Cameron: “We have also had label interest too which is always good”.
Douglas: “I wouldn’t even think the EP was label worthy”.
Cameron: “The amount of support we have gotten from that EP though has been overwhelming to us”.
We thank the guys in LOTUS EATER for having their first ever interview with us and taking their time to sit down and talk. If you are a fan of Groove/Conceptual Metal music and enjoy bands such as Humanity’s Last Breath, then we highly implore any of you reading this to check them out.
Merch and EP’s can be found online via: http://www.lotuseateruk.bigcartel.com/
You can also catch them supporting Bad Omens in Glasgow @ The Audio on June 18th.