“In a perfect world, artists like Loto Ball would be huge. But this isn't a perfect world, it's a world of ignorance, superficiality and diposability - that's why we need artists like Loto Ball.” Simon Lister
“...seems to make you feel paranoid and off balance and claustrophobic and somewhat confused” Loud Loop Press
"Loto Ball Show captures the disorientation of today’s youth in its dizzying post-punk compositions. Ball’s atonal, Ian Curtis-esque vocals play off the band’s steely, cold synths and Dixieland brass to create a strong sense of atmosphere and disorder" URB Magazine
"Loto is one of the most talented and demented front-creatures in all of underground rock. Phantom Limbs were a punk Gilbert & Sullivan gone drastically wrong - perfect for a San Francisco bordello when the '06 Earthquake hits...
Now with Loto Ball Show, the music borders on 'Exotica' - but thankfully without the 'Lounge' damage. As a painter and a musician, everything he touches seems to turn into a Lio strip. I will always be fascinated."
- Jello Biafra
"Loto Ball Show takes the pants off The Phantom Limbs dead person and puts The King and Eye in one leg and Hex Enduction Hour in the other."
- Chris D. (The Flesh Eaters)
06.06.2008 BERKELEY PLACE REVIEW
LOTO BALL SHOW-”Levy on the Eye Way”
As you can imagine from the name of the band (“Loto ball show,” get it) and the names of some of their songs (“Hoodlims;” “Oriental Danzig”), the Loto Ball Show make hard-edged fratboy rock. I found the album a little uneven, but there was enough there to impress me. I bet they’re a lot of fun live.
1.22.2008 20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS REVIEW
Chicagoan outfit Loto Ball Show, about whom we wouldn’t have found out perhaps in a long time if it hadn’t be for a fortunate coincidence on the myspace place, another object of constant derision which has nevertheless been a steady source of goodness.
Loto Ball Show look and sound business, they are the sort of band you would expect to see playing in some dingey and damp basement cellar where people dress in black jack it old school style, you know, get sweaty and dance the mess away, that is the way to go. They make a dark, muscular and intense hick garage blues racket with the relentless gusto of The Bad Seeds fucking Deanna, sharpened by the non-cliched post punk apocalyptic edge one finds in Public Image Ltd. (also exemplified in early-day Liars), sexy horns add an extra bit of epic omph to their clanging and banging onslaught, the outcome sounds awesomely instantaneous in the same excellent way as, for example, the Black Lips or In The Red days Deadly Snakes, now kids, that is a rare thing.
Jan 22 2008
01.15.2008 LBS EP VOTED IN TOP RECORDS OF 2007 BY CD101 RADIOtop records of 2007 – Independent Playground – (excerpted from their top 50)
09.12.2007 AUGENMUSIK REVIEWLoto Ball Show demo CDR The second song on this 5 track demo CDR is called “Poseidon Waltz,” and it’s actually a good point of reference for ex-Phantom Limbs’ vocalist Loto Ball’s newest effort. Loto has some good experience in circus acts and marching bands, so perhaps it’s no surprise to find his current outing putting him in the position of deranged Master of Ceremonies– not uncharming, but quite comfortable to tell a little story about driving with your eyes closed. Loto alternates between vocals, trumpet and keys alongside a host of other instruments like guitar, bass, drums and saxophones (and the likes of Centimeters and Indian Jewelry members, I believe). But unlike circus and cabaret shows, the music doesn’t play second fiddle to the spectacle, as the 4 songs on here (one track is an introduction by Chicago’s MC Kenny), stand on their own quite well. The demo sounds as though it had been recorded live and but is still very effective. A studio recording might put a little more pop in the horns, but for a demo this works quite nicely. I guess I could have expected as much.
Sep 12 2007
06.24.2007 REVIEW- KFJCKFJC Loto Ball Show – I Can Be Your Eyes EP
The newest project from Oaklander transplanted to Chicago, Loto Ball, former frontman of The Phantom Limbs. A five piece featuring Loto Ball on keys, trumpet & vox, Brandon Davis on guitar, Dan Browning on drums, David Smith on sax and Max Gomberg (Centimeters) on bass. Debut EP of 5 songs, beginning with a 6m 05s track about a fun game involving driving with eyes closed & creepy lyrics that aptly paint a gruesome picture. Nice saxaphone work. Track 2, Poseidon Waltz is a 5m 45s carnivalesque instrumental, envision drunken clowns stumbling through the bigtop, a trapeze artist dangling by a foot, in the corner a monkey eats cotton candy. Track 3 I Saw Your Lines runs 3m 38s has a groovey bass feel with saxophone work remniscent of James Chance. Track 4 is a 32s with MC Kenny giving words of intro- duction and advice (perhaps this track would be more appropriate as an opening track for this reason.) The EP ends with a 3m18s track Dead Kiss which could be about a dying relationship, once again props to the horns. Great stuff from the Loto Ball Show. No Language. Reviewed by ophelia necro on June 24, 2007 at 5:53 pm
Jun 24 2007
Loto Ball receives grant to compose song for Mucca Pazza06.01.2007Loto Ball has received a CAAP grant to compose a song for his marching band Mucca Pazza. the grant money is funding his trumpet lessons. He will be blowing like no other.
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