Loto Ball

Loto Ball

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandRockPunk

a dark, muscular and intense post-punk no wave jazzy racket www.lotoballshow.com

Biography

Loto Ball began reaching the people in the early 90s playing trumpet and messing around in weird punk bands until he started his own group the Boy Scouts of Annihilation with his Los Angeles friend Rich Moreno (New Collapse, Centimeters, Frank Alpine). He toured the West Coast with the Scouts but had his first national tours in the mid-90s with Chicken John’s (GG Allin) Circus Redickuless, performing as organist and clown.

In the latter half of the 90s, the Boy Scouts of Annihilation became something of Los Angeles noise punk legends due to their dismal repetitive music and Loto’s outlandish sense of theatre.

In 1999, this reputation drew Oakland’s Phantom Limbs to recruit Loto as front man.

Loto Ball’s visceral expression of existential distress laced with black comedy, along with the hyper-charged and unusual compositions of keyboardist Stevenson Sedgwick helped earn his band the honor of No. 1 Indie Rock Band in San Francisco (S.F. Bay Guardian Best of the Bay awards 2003) and the chance to record two albums with Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles record label. After 5 years and 220 performances with The Phantom Limbs, including 3 U.S. tours and 2 European tours, Loto Ball left the band in 2005 to move to Chicago.

In the Windy City, Loto has involved himself in many collaborations and ongoing projects, including zany circus-punk marching band Mucca Pazza, the Arts of Life artist community, Reversible Eye gallery, and the Loto Ball Show.

Loto has been branching out into new medias and forms of expression. He toured the central and southern states in December 2009 with a band and a dance troupe. He toured Europe Fall 2010 with a multi-media performance utilizing projections, trumpet, keyboard, and electronics.

Lyrics

Dead Kiss

Written By: Loto Ball

oh do you like to sweat
do you like to curse and bet
on horses with their legs tied together?

oh can you feel spent
feel like you've just met
tomorrow's enemy your new best friend?

oh can you feel regret
feel like you've just met
the ugliest part of you and you've fed it

We spent so many years together
its hard to let it go
just like that just drag it out the body out
and love it dragging out the death and kissing it again

the old one is out cold
the new one, does he know?
new one makes love to old
and the old one grows cold

old one floats there breathless
the new one paces mumbling
can't let go of dead
he's lighting incense

We spent so many years together
its hard to let it go
just like that just drag it out the body out
and love it dragging out the death and kissing it again

Give that thing away
to the ones who want it
they can build a shrine any day
they can put their quarters and their candles on it
they can burn out hours of the day

the old one is out cold
the new one, does he know?
new one makes love to old
and the old one grows cold

old one floats there breathless
the new one paces mumbling
can't let go of dead
he's lighting incense

Hoodlims

Written By: Loto Ball

Hoodlims get excited to see you runnin
run around with
jewels on your tongue

Hoodlims get excited to see your treasures
think that they're gonna get sum

cos when you run around with jewels on your tongue
think that they oughta get some

and when you run around with
jewels on your cat
think that they'll get into that

don't flash your wad at every stranger
expect me to be the danger
sometimes you're gonna be on the phone dialing
sometimes you're gonna be all alone darling

don't flash your wad at every stranger
expect me to be the danger
you give love to all the new comers
you give love, but you forget their numbers

sometimes i watch you
and wait like a statue
stay frozen until you
can pull me into you

sometimes i see you
i know i can feel you
i know i don't need you
to tell me you'll be true

sometimes you're gonna be right
sometImes you're gonna be wrong
you give love to someone else
you know they're gonna get it wrong

when he's inside of you
can you feel it squirm
he's beside himself
he's got a lot to learn

I Chose You

Written By: Loto Ball

i picked you to be the one
that i would hold up

i picked you to be the one
that i would change for

i chose you
but you didn't trust me

so i spent too much time
in my own mind
and i find it hard
to unwind

but i needed you to tell me if
you needed more from me

i chose you
but you didn't trust me

when you don't trust me
you're by yourself
i feel you now
you're going through hell
i feel it so strongly but
there's nothing i can do

i chose you
but you didn't trust me


i chose you
but you didn't trust me

when you don't trust me
you're by yourself
i feel you now
you're going through hell
i feel it so strongly but
there's nothing i can do

i chose you
but you didn't trust me

i chose you
but you didn't trust me

I Can Be Your Eyes

Written By: Loto Ball

you were getting thrills by
driving with eyes closed
asked me to guide you
help you down the road

i told you to turn right
into the next car
told you to turn left
over center divider

i can be your eyes
i can be your eyes anytime

then i started laughing
cos you didn't hit noone
just a couple people
you kept driving on

i began to worry
about the ones we hit
wondering if we should
not be doing this

i can be your eyes
i can be your eyes anytime

we continue on then
one crash flips your car
i run to the wreck and
see that you're gone

looking all around
i follow some stray parts
find you round the corner
wearing the side door

i forgot to speak
when you opened your eyes

who let them in here
who let them in

i forgot to get you
a glass of water
forgot to say hello
to your mother and father

who let them in here
who let them in

put this on your head
close your eyes again

i lift up the door and
see you on the ground
i reach out to touch you
you look up and laugh
saying
you can be my eyes
you can be my eyes
you can be my eyes
anytime

Discography

Jack Acid - Destroy The Boat EP - Lookout Records 1993 - Trumpet

BoyScouts of Annihilation – Mucous EP - self-released 1996 – Composition, Keys, Vocal

Circus Redickuless - Bomp Bomp EP – Black’n’Blue Records 1996 – Composition, Keyboard

The Phantom Limbs - Murder Us Windpipes EP – Atakra Records 2000- Vocal

The Phantom Limbs – split with Fleshies EP – Atakra Records 2000- Vocal

The Phantom Limbs - Applied Ignorance LP – Alternative Tentacles Records 2001 -Vocal

The Phantom Limbs - Displacement LP – Alternative Tentacles Records 2003 –Vocals, Trumpet

The Phantom Limbs - Patience EP – split on Hungry Eye Records with The Vanishing 2004 – Vocal

Jello Biafra/ The Melvins – Never Breathe What You Can’t See – Alternative Tentacles Records 2004 – Background Vocal

The Phantom Limbs - Random Hymns EP – GSL Records, also Hungry Eye Records 2005 – Vocal, Trumpet

Mucca Pazza – A Little Marching Band – self-released 2006 - Trumpet

the Loto Ball Show - I Can Be Your Eyes EP - vocals, trumpet, keys, composition

the Loto Ball Show - Levy on the Eyeway - trumpet, keys, composition

Set List


DEAD KISS
I CAN BE YOUR EYES
POSEIDON WALTZ
I CHOSE YOU

HOODLIMS
I SAW YOUR LINES
Oriental Danzig
LOTO BALL SHOW