The Dead Lotus Society

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This quartet known as THE DEAD LOTUS SOCIETY is a ferocious metal ensemble ready to unleash itself onto the world. With complex and intricate guitar arrangements by DIMITRI, the vocal power of red-haired HYATT, and a solid rhythm section of K-BAN on bass and MR. CHARLIE MANSON on drums, this core of talent and composition transcends a listener into a ghostly realm so familiar, it’s like looking into a mirror, peeking into the darkness that most, often deny is actually there!

AUSTIN420: How did The Dead Lotus Society come together?

DIMITRI: Well it originally started with me making music to stay sane because I hear it all day, all night, all the time. And then I realized that I could train her to be my ideal vocalist, so I did. Along the way, we found these two who could actually play music that I wrote.

HYATT: I have some classical training, but I didn’t really sing around people, except in my car. There was some metal on the radio one day, and I started roaring and screaming, and going along with it. And Dimitri heard it and he was like ‘Holy shit, we’ve got a new vocalist and I was like ‘No, fuck that”. So he called me up at 3 A. M. and he was like ‘you’re going to do vocals for the band’, and I’m like ‘sure…whatever’. So I was kind of blackmailed into the band originally. It’s a good story now. We found Mr. Charlie Manson, our drummer, on Craig’s List. He had a lot of the same musical influences; I mean they were all across the board. It was just a good match. We recorded our EP within a month after that, and then “Kban” Kevin our bassist joined us last September.

AUSTIN420: Growing up, who would you stood out as an influence?

CHARLIE: Chris Penny or even Buddy Rich. I like “old-school” drummers. I always admired their techniques and how they were able to do so much with so little. As for the more modern drummers, Chris Penny is just an absolute maniac; I’ve always looked up to him in developing my own style.

HYATT: Early on, my influences were definitely Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, and Fiona Apple. Those are my early angry female rockers, as I got older, definitely Jack-Off Jill, Kittie, Korn, Coal Chamber. I always definitely lean toward females to look up to because they are kind of far, few and in between.

KBAN: I would say my biggest influence on bass is probably Flea. I’d say Les Claypool from Primus.  I’m always trying to progress. I’m never satisfied with how good I am. I always have to find a new way to play, or a new style of music or whatever. Keep progressing!

DIMITRI: I am greatly influenced by Les Claypool and also Korn, but mainly Fear Factory. Once I came across Fear Factory, that’s what really defined what I wanted to do with the really heavy percussive guitars, and the rhythms. It just laid out the entire foundation of what Dead Lotus would be built upon.

AUSTIN420: How did the recording experience go with The Deva Catalog as compared to 2009’s Enter The Wasteland?

DIMITRI: We recorded Enter The Wasteland in this tiny little home-made setup studio, all professional, all in one house. The new studio is like a giant studio. It was actually kind of intimidating at first. There’s been a whole bunch of stuff that’s been recorded there, so it’s great to just sit there and take in all the energies and look at all the ancient gear and go ‘Wow’!

HYATT: Our E.P. Enter The Wasteland was done at an awesome little indi-com studio in exchange for a handle of whiskeys. It was pretty rock and roll, it was totally worth it.

DIMITRI: The ironic thing is, were getting this album done for free. Our neighbor goes to Media Tech, which is a place that records bands, but they also teach people how to record bands. My neighbor goes there and he needs the time, so he hooked us up.

AUSTIN420: What is your overall philosophy behind the lyrics of The Dead Lotus Society, what do you like to sing about? What comes out?

HYATT: What comes out? Well sounds come out and words come out, but ultimately, it’s all about telling a story. “Mouths Not Dead” discusses the Patriot Act in comparison to the “cultural revolution” in China. We’ve got a song called “Girl Unknown” which is a story of my best friend, and the events in her life that led her to take her own life. We sing about things that have happened the world around us, but more importantly, when I try to sing about things, I try to fully compress and express all the emotion behind these stories, these trials and tribulations to pull people into the moment, a cathartic effect. People can feel themselves there, can stop running away from it, confront it, and then after it’s done, feel a little bit better or have a better direction of where they’re going with it.

AUSTIN420: What makes Austin home to you?

CHARLIE: I lived here all my life.

KBAN: I moved here from Seattle like two years ago and was like twenty years old at the time. It was just a whole new experience for me. Now that I’m here, I kind of settled in, and know the town. It’s a lot easier to make friends here too, because living downtown seems totally different from Seattle. I lived way out in suburbia in Seattle.

HYATT: Austin is home to me because I’m a Texas native, and I finally have a place that embraces oddly colored hair, and progressive thinking, well it’s my sanctuary, it’s my home and I’m a UT alumni, so Austin will always be home!

DIMITRI: I was born and raised in Denver and I moved to Texas when I was fifteen, I went to Houston. I met Hyatt there. And then she went to college and I decided to follow my band that was going to Austin.

AUSTIN420: You guys are opening the show for The Austin420 1st Year Anniversary Bash, any final comments?

HYATT: I’m definitely real happy about what The Austin420 has been doing for “420” culture in Austin, and the music community, so we’re just really, really excited to be a part of this, especially for the 1st Year Anniversary Bash! We’re getting to support a magazine that is doing great things for the community and get to play at one of our favorite venues. ~