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The Stilts attack a materialistic world on their new single Lotus Eater

Brisbane rockers The Stilts are back with a new single Lotus Eater; a catchy and playful tune packed with twangy guitar lines and self-reflective lyrics, exploring the materialistic world we live in.

Influenced by iconic bands such as The Strokes, Radiohead and the Pixies, the four-piece group have got their unique sound down-pat after releasing their first single Artistic Differences in 2016 and their self-titled EP in 2018.

The Stilts are back with their crooning new single Lotus Eater; an honest reflection of the materialistic world in which we live.

The definition of a ‘Lotus Eater’ is “a person who spends their time indulging in pleasure and luxury rather than dealing with practical concerns,” which pretty much sums up the ideas the song taps into. The band said:

“Lotus eater was written with the intention of describing our own lives. We live in a very materialistic world where our dreams of being wealthy become more important than the hard work it takes to get there.”

“Even though sometimes we’re aware of this we still do little to change, I think this is because if you live in a privileged society where things are at an easy reach it becomes difficult to gain the strength to achieve the big dreams you think about. Lotus Eater is sort of about understanding that mindset and hopefully, I guess if you can understand it maybe you can change it.”

With catchy guitar melodies and a groovy bass line, the song is simple yet sophisticated, with each musical layer playing a unique role in the songs makeup. The kinetic drum pattern maintains momentum throughout and the lyrics are relateable as ever. Across the track’s punchy sub-three-minute duration, the band saunter through a truly irresistible blend of sounds.

These still may be early days for this Brisbane outfit, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes. For now, watch the new video for Lotus Eater above.