Calgary-based hard rock quintet KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have returned with their new studio album 'Evolution', which will get a September 20th release on Napalm Records.The upcoming LP sees the band imbued with a new fire that comes through by way of undeniable hooks, soaring guitar riffs, marching drum beats, and the soulful, bombastic vocal delivery of lead singer Kobra Paige.
No longer bound by old formulas and expectations from the past, 'Evolution' comes through with a sound that is expansive and, at times, borders on outright swagger. Each song feels like an Active Rock hit in the making, while still having the grit and feverish intensity that longtime fans have come to admire from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS.
'Evolution' boasts the band's most cohesive and confident material to date. For the new record, Kobra and the Lotus enlisted the services of producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette[Alter Bridge, Linkin Park, Slash, Sevendust].
"The new body of work sets the tone for the music going forward. Sonically, it’s still heavy. It highlights the showmanship and maintains the edge. At the same time, it’s approachable. It pays tribute to our influences, but it takes the next step. So, it’s a reintroduction to us and a rebirth. A firm goal was to build a strong identity and update everything. We just want to be KOBRA AND THE LOTUS; that’s what we’re doing."
The first single, "Burn!” ignites this chapter. A hummable riff snaps into a visceral verse as the frontwoman directly declares, “I really hate you, yes I do.” The track builds towards an incendiary and infectious chorus, hinging on a seesawing guttural groove and hitting like a sledgehammer.
“It’s about all of the reasons you hold yourself back,” she explains. “You literally need to burn all of those feelings, stories, excuses, and obstacles keeping you from being your own authentic self. It’s super personal. It’s a product of growing and arriving as a person. I’m realizing who I am. It’s symbolic of the rebirth,” says Kobra.
KOBRA AND THE LOUTS - 'Evolution'
We Come Undone
Get The F*ck Out Of Here
In The End
Tokyo ( Japan Version Only)
Going further into the process behind Evolution, Kobra comments,
“We’ve never done a record like Evolution. We’ve flown demos over the internet back and forth or started a few ideas prior to hitting the studio. This time, we were all working together in the flesh for the full duration of the writing process. It’s a collision of everything we love. We feel like it’s the freshest and most timeless thing we’ve brought to the table.”
In addition to the release of their new record, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will hit the road starting next month. The trek kicks off on August 29th in Nashville, TN and concludes on November 1st in Ft. Myers, FL.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS w/ Sebastian Bach
29.08.19 US - Nashville, TN / Mercy Lounge
31.08.19 US - Charlotte, NC / Amos'Southend
02.09.19 US - Huntsville, AL / Sidetracks Music Hall
03.09.19 US - Columbus, OH / Skully's Music Diner
04.09.19 US - Lakewood, OH / Phantasy
06.09.19 US - Stafford Springs, CT / Stafford Palace Theater
09.09.19 US - Laconia, NH / Granite State Music Hall
10.09.19 US - Hampton Beach, NH / Wally's
11.09.19 US - Portland, ME / Aura
13.09.19 US - Harrison, OH / The Blue Note
14.09.19 US - Flint, MI / The Mashine Shop
15.09.19 US - Grand Rapids, MI / The Intersection
18.09.19 US - Kansasville, WI / 1175 Sports Park & Eatery
19.09.19 US - ST.Louis , MO / Delmar Hall
20.09.19 US - Lombard, IL / Brauer House
22.09.19 US - Lexington, KY / Manchester Music Hall
25.09.19 US - New York, NY / Sony Hall
26.09.19 US - Harrisburg, PA / Club XL Live
27.09.19 US - Lynchburg, VA / Phase 2
29.09.19 US - Warrendale, PA / Jergel's Rhythm Grille
01.10.19 US - Atlanta, GA / Jergel's Rhythm Grille
03.10.19 US - Wichita, KS / The Wave Outdoor
05.10.19 US - Golden, CO / Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
06.10.19 US - Albuquerque, NM / Sunshine Theater
10.10.19 US - Ramona, CA / Ramona Mainstage
11.10.19 US - West Hollywood, CA / Whisky A Go Go
12.10.19 US - West Hollywood, CA / Whisky A Go Go
17.10.19 US - Roswell, NM / The Liberty
18.10.19 US - Oklahoma, OK / Diamond Ballroom
19.10.19 US - Waco, TX / The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill
20.10.19 US - Dallas, TX / Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
22.10.19 US - Houston, TX / House Of Blues
23.10.19 US - San Antonio, TX / Aztec Theatre
24.10.19 US - Corpus Christi, TX / House Of Rock
25.10.19 US - Lafayette, LA / The District
26.10.19 US - Miramar Beach, FL / The Village Door Music Hall
30.10.19 US - Orlando, FL / Hard Rock Live
31.10.19 US - Savannah, GA / Victory North
01.11.19 US - Fort Myers, FL / The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon