The Passion Collective

passion collective - A number of individuals working together with a compelling emotion or feeling

The Passion Collective.


col·lec·tive- a collective body; a gathering; a collection of extracts; a number of individuals working or acting together.

pas·sion- any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

pas·sion col·lec·tive- A number of individuals working or acting together with a powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.

It was a November afternoon that I sat on the front porch of my local cafe and deeply thought about an idea; Nothing out of the ordinary as I did this often and much. I drank lukewarm coffee and discussed with some old acquaintances the idea of a group of young adults putting together a “Rolling-Stone” type magazine/website; To tell you the truth, many talented people laughed and shook off the offer, for that I am deeply saddened because they’re going to miss one hell of a ride. I proceeded to reach out to all different types of people from all different walks of life, many haven’t even met yet. That is the beauty of it. It’s as if I'm placing together the pieces of a puzzle, slowly but surely. Our generation is in need of something refreshing. Our brains will race and our eyes will quickly process what lies before us. What lies before us is The Passion Collective, a collective production founded in New York. It will be fueled by talent, hard-work, and most of all passion. It will only work if YOU contribute your piece of passion to the puzzle. Everyone is passionate about something. I, Zachary Franck have selected a group of unique individuals who all bring something to the table. From poets to journalists, photographers to bloggers, sports enthusiasts to hip-hop heads, I promise you that there is something for everyone. I truly believe in this and I believe in you. This project will stay true to it's name, always.Unlike other websites/magazines,The Passion Collective will actually make you think. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Buy the ticket, Take the ride”. Please join The Passion Collective as we all embark on this journey together; Why would you watch the puzzle being built when you can help build it!?

The Last Stop, For Now: Lotus @ HOB Cleveland [Review]

 by Leo A. Jennings IV

Last weekend brought us to the brink of a second consecutive winter tour closer in Cleveland. The variety and intensity of the band’s playing on this tour certainly had the crowd fired up. Starting with their headlining festival, Summerdance, last year, through New Year’s and throughout their winter tour early this year, Lotus has been firing on all cylinders and they show absolutely no sign of slowing down their hustle.

 Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

Following Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics, Lotus took the stage to warm our hearts and ears one last time for the winter. A screaming, harmonious “Bellwether” kicked off the night perfectly, getting the whole crowd into perpetual motion for the segue into “Slow Cookin’”, the dance-jazz hybrid that will keep your feet moving throughout its deep, swirling jam. Appropriately, funky “Spaghetti” followed “Slow Cookin’” in a song title pun that happened to be very aurally enlightening. The deep, resonant, wah-laden breakdowns of “Spaghetti” gave way to a tempo increase and wandered back in to “Bellwether” to close out the opener to the set. The odd and mysterious tones of “Ashcon”, off the band’s self-titled effort, flowed in next, perhaps just to give the crowd a breath for what was to presented next. The familiar, bouncy rhythm of “Sift” filled the room, and as its tempo progressively increased, so did the intense motion of the crowd, dancing with all our hearts as the jam sped into a radiant “Shimmer and Out” that cemented a smile on every face in the venue. As “Shimmer” concluded, Luke Miller reminded us that Cleveland does indeed rock, and Lotus fed us a bit of the gritty rock n’ roll vibe with a cover of Tame Impala’s “Elephant” to close out the first set.

 Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

 Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

 After a quick smoke and refill for many of us, Lotus commandeered the stage once more to bring us the latter half of the tour closer. Opening the set would be post-rocker “Destroyer”, a multi-faceted tune featuring alternating tempos and an uplifting build with a powerful guitar solo to conclude the song. “Travel” would next take us on yet another improvisational journey, filled with virtuous guitar and synth work that certainly equated to the sonic expedition the title implies. “Travel” sailed into “Hammerstrike”, a hard rocker off its namesake album that once again seemed to melt the faces of the entire crowd. Funky, fun, and new “Pachyderm” was next in the rotation. After first enjoying this live at Ram’s Head earlier this month, the funky synth tones and wildly fun guitar work have simply become addicting to me, and this has quickly become one of my favorite songs to hear Lotus shine on. Billboard single “Eats the Light” would follow, and Lotus again proved to their fans that this is no simple pop tune to turn your head away from, with a deep tunnel of a jam riding through the song that would carry it for over ten minutes. The crowd was then surprised with a rare standalone “Through the Mirror”; drawing large influences from Steve Reich’s adventures in counterpoint, this song is a crowd favorite and always leads to a colorful sonic presentation. The synth pads weren’t let off at the end of the jam, however, and the familiar extraterrestrial nuances of “128” became apparent. “128” led to some amazing guitar interplay between Luke Miller and Mike Rempel, garnished with perfectly tailored percussion work from Chuck Morris. To end the tour closer, the crowd would get its slow-dancer, “Disappear in a Blood-Red Sky”, just to get our emotions reeling before being sent off into the night with a supremely funky “Greet the Mind”, sure to keep excited spirits going well into the early morning hours.

 Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

 The tour closer in Cleveland proved to be, once again, a rich presentation of sound, light, and love, continuing the trend that follows Lotus, their music, and their fans. At the brink of festival season, and, hopefully, a spring tour, there is no reason to miss a Lotus show right now. With extremely tight harmonies, a gripping sense of melody, and a cohesiveness between its members that is almost unmatched, Lotus is bringing raw emotion, deep sonic textures, and intelligent improvisation to stages all over the country this year. Not getting out to a show would be a huge mistake.

 Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

Photo by Appalachian Jamwich

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