EELS is a band which features guitarists The Chet and P-Boo, bass player Koool G Murder and drummer Knuckles. All had a hand in the writing of their latest album, Wonderful, Glorious. “The only rule I had was ‘let’s try it,’” says Everett. “If anyone in the room had an idea, I’d say ‘let’s try it.’”
EELS’ previous release, 2010’s release of Tomorrow Morning, was hailed as “hopeful and euphorically in love” by The New York Times and “sly, inviting, emotional complex” by USA Today. Tomorrow Morning was the final part of a trilogy that included the albums Hombre Lobo and End Times. The Chicago Sun-Times calls the EELS’ discography “one of the most consistent bodies of work in modern rock” and Q Magazine declares Everett to be “one of the most prolific, adventurous and moving songwriters of the past decade.”
In the four years prior to his album trilogy, Everett embarked on a number of projects including his acclaimed autobiography Things the Grandchildren Should Know and the BBC-produced multiple-award winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary film about E and his quantum physicist father, Hugh Everett III, which was broadcast on PBS’ Nova series in the U.S., fall of 2008. “All this time during the making of all these other projects, I was always writing and recording music,” says Everett. “Every time I branch out and try something else, I think it will be some kind of relief to take a break from music. But I always come back with my tail between my legs, because there’s nothing I enjoy more than making music. The other projects have been great experiences for me, but this is what I love to do.” Lotus's new self-titled album moves in a decidedly more electronic direction than their previous two releases - Hammerstrike (2008) and Oil on Glass/Feather on Wood (2009). Analog synthesizers, manipulated sounds, dub effects and heavy bass are complemented by horn and string arrangements in addition to Lotus's standard guitar/bass/drums instrumentation Keller Williams is often described as a one-man band. He began performing in the early nineties and frequently utilizes live phrase looping with multiple instruments. Williams is primarily a solo artist but has toured with the likes of Yonder Mountain String Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee and Ratdog. He frequently performes at both the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and The Rothbury Festival and played as a member of the Rhythm Devils with Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart at the 2010 Gathering of the Vibes festival.