connects everyone. It's the ultimate bridge, bringing people together
regardless of background and experiences. In fact, a conversation about
favorite artists actually served as the genesis for Lotus Crush.
2006, Scotland-born Terry McDermott was fronting Driveblind who just dropped
their self-titled major label debut. Invited to support multiplatinum
alternative rock luminaries Candlebox on tour, he forged an instant bond with
Candlebox's six-stringer Peter Klett, sharing a love for Pink Floyd, The Verve,
and other British heavyweights.
Driveblind disbanded, Terry settled in New Orleans. On a whim in 2010, he
reached out to Peter about doing a project together. The musicians, now known
as Lotus Crush, recorded their first effort, 2011's Half Light Morning. Unforgettable gigs at SXSW followed, and the
group began to build a significant fan base of its own.
their "day jobs" called. As Peter returned to Candlebox, Terry got a
call to join Season 3 of NBC's The Voice,
eventually becoming a runner-up on the show. Still, Lotus Crush loomed in the
back of their collective consciousness.
were on the cusp of something special," explains Terry. "It was a
real evolution for me. We didn't have a label or any support the first time around,
so it wasn't able to sustain itself. It just wasn't the right time back
"right time" happened to be in 2014. CaviGold Records contacted the
band about performing a special reunion one-off at the iconic Robert Lang
Studios—the site of classic albums from Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Alice In Chains,
and more. That same night the label offered Lotus Crush a deal.
believed in what we do," the singer affirms. "It validated all of the
blood, sweat, and tears we put into this, and we got the chance to do things
the right way."
band holed up in Robert Lang Studios with producer Todd Burman and began
crafting what would become their sophomore effort, Rabbit Hole. A marked evolution occurred this time around, as
everything expanded sonically.
like a lot of layers and colors," says Peter. "The melodies are
quality, and this band has something for everybody across the board. We can
explore anything we want. We had a true vision of where we wanted to go for
were working out who we were on the first album," adds Terry. "We had
years to reflect on who and what Lotus Crush is and can be in between. The
passage of time brought another dynamic to this. It feels like a new band. It's
like a rock 'n' roll record by an indie rock band."
album’s first single, "Hearts and Minds," builds from a melodic clean
guitar into an unshakable refrain punctuated by Terry's dynamic vocals. In
between the hook, Peter lets out an impressive guitar lead.
a new element of freedom here," exclaims the vocalist. "I wanted to
write songs that encompass my view of the world we live in. It can be a fairly
oppressive place, and it's a difficult landscape for a kid to grow up in or a
man and woman to live in. We're pushed and pulled in all different directions
by media, politics, and an ever bleaker-looking future. There's a perpetual
conveyer belt of elements trying to get into our heads for attention. It's a
battle for our hearts and minds. That's what the song is about."
Lotus Crush created the same kind of music that brought them together in the
first place. "This has been a labor of love and art," Terry leaves
off. "I hope it gives everyone an experience when they listen to it."
love people to feel what we did," concludes Peter. "If they
experience that same emotion, that's the best thing we could ask for."
Crush’s Rabbit Hole was released on
April 14, 2015.