How do you follow up a debut release that featured
three theremins and a guitar? For The Lothars, the answer
was simple — add another theremin! On this, their sophomore
effort, The Lothars have supplemented their quadraphonic
theremin attack with guitar, violin and samples to create soundscapes
only hinted at on their debut CD "Meet The Lothars."
Of that 1998 release, Brett Milano wrote, "The
Beatles reference in their album title may be a joke, but imagine
an outfit whose style starts with the last 30 seconds of 'I
Am the Walrus' and works outward from there." On this new
CD, The Lothars continue to journey outward, assimilating
the sounds of bands as diverse as Windy & Carl and
Spaceheads along the way. This is best heard in the trio
of improvisations they've collectively titled "The Metallic
Sonatas." Created spontaneously during a marathon weekend
recording session, they show The Lothars now in full
control of their cantankerous instrumentation.
Though improvisational jams make up a good chunk
of this CD, the band have also recorded some catchy tunes. From
the 78 rpm warblings of "Gypsy Song" and the pop structuring
of "Bleep-Bloop," to the sublime "The Marriage
of Queen Lothera" and mesmerizing "Banjolin,"
The Lothars have once again created accessible mini-symphonies,
with interweaving flights of oscillator inspiration wheeling
around over a stringed foundation.
"The Lothars do an admirable service for
the credibility of theremins in modern music"
"The Lothars... produce as many weird and
wonderful ideas that can be squeezed, whooped, whistled and
screamed from these hip retro-electro antiques."
"[The Lothars] create a vibe that's simultaneously
spacy, silly, and spellbinding... The overall atmosphere is
one of adventure, rather than mere novelty."
"The Lothars conspire to create a monstrous
edifice of noise."
"...sort of like Shonen Knife doing Merzbow
covers... [The] combination of naive electronics, self-conscious
humor and gothic horror will no doubt incite a horde of imitators."
---New York Press