Published on January 6th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin0
We’ll Meet in Our Dreams: STS9
Sound Tribe Sector 9 just concluded an unforgettable NYE run last week in Denver, CO. Just a few months ago, the electronic rock band announced a 3 night New Year’s Eve run taking place on 12/31, 01/02, and 01/03. This was exciting to copious Denver Tribe fans as the band normally plays numerous sets in Atlanta, GA around this time of year. However, Umphrey’s McGee had Atlanta claimed to ring in 2015 for NYE. Speculation of a special announcement buzzed around when STS9 left out 01/01 in their announced list of NYE performance dates.
Just a few weeks later, the band announced a “like you’ve never seen them before” benefit supporting Conscious Alliance which included a deluxe dinner prepared by Chef Ed Kammerer of Denver’s Highland Pacific Restaurant, all inclusive beverages, and an intimate set of STS9 music. Keep your eye out for more STS9 cherished events like this taking place all over the US this year.
As the world of live electronica music evolves at a rapid pace, the urge for new sound and experience in the battle of concert supremacy is prevalent more than ever before. Luckily, STS9 has not taken the back seat to artists who use a push button system coupled with a super dope light production to entertain their fans. As one of the leading live instrumental production focused acts in the genre, STS9 continues to entice fans with musicianship and composition, and then proceed to melt their starry-eyed faces with innovative light displays and experiences as well.
We had the opportunity to attend the last night of the Sound Tribe run this past Saturday. As we watched from the top of the Fillmore Theater, happy faces trickled in early on in the evening claiming their domains for a perfect view of the stage. I had never really hung out in the loft area of the Fillmore Theater before, it was private and dark. Comfortable seating was plentiful and the view was better than any view I was going to get from the floor standing strong at 5’4”. We decided to embrace the first set from atop, feet up and drink in hand.
From Atlanta, Modern Measure warmed the stage up for STS9 on Saturday night with a 45 minute set consisting of a vision produced by Kyle Holly who takes tracks that are produced in the studio and passes the tracks over to Charlie Thornton for a live manipulation with drums. The duo has set the bar high for live DJ/live drummer performances since forming in 2013 and performing with acts such as Big Gigantic, Papadosio, The Floozies and many more!
There is a short break between sets and the floor is visibly packed to the brim. The lights dim and STS9 opens Set I with ‘Epicurious’ seguing into ‘We’ll Meet in Our Dreams” followed by ‘Arigato’, and then ‘Blu Mood’. The crowd roars with excitement when ‘Peoples’ is played next.
When STS9 takes the stage, it’s like entering a mystical wonderland of sound and light. Working together, sound and light become one taking over all senses and sending them on a journey as to tell a story without words of the unknown world that is being entered. This show included an LED light setup, creating a box-like contraption of equivalent light beams with what looked like “see through windows” that seemed to encompass the band on stage. As STS9 serenaded us away with their melodies, light visuals illuminated from the depths of the stage that included a variety of colorful themes and styles, ranging from growing fractals and dancing geometric shapes grooving along with the music. Set I wraps up with a few favorites: ‘Love Don’t Terrorize, ‘The Rabble’, and ‘Ramone & Emiglio’.
We decide to move down to the floor for Set II. Tribe starts off with ‘Shock Doctrine, followed by ‘Instantly’ and another favorite, ‘Hubble’. People were groovin’, cheering, hands were up, smiles were plentiful, kisses and hugs exchanged, love being felt all around. ‘One a Day, a Sub-ID Remix is played before the crowd erodes with excitement when I hear chatter all around me… “It’s ‘Circus’, it’s ‘Circus’!” People literally were in tears, it was the most beautiful moment of the night! Set II ends perfectly with ‘Rent’ seguing into ‘Sweet Dreams’ and then back to ‘Rent’.
Wheeeewwwwweeeeeee!! And of course the show is not over. Oh no. Heavy breathing dance machines remain still, patiently waiting for the encore of the 3 technically 4 night Colorado Run. I could feel drummer, Zach Velmer’s passion leaking from his soul and infecting the entire venue this evening. This was the second time hearing Alana Rocklin perform as STS9’s new bassist but this was the first time I could actually see her on stage. She fit in so perfect with her buoyant, curly bob haircut and bootcut jeans standing strong on stage with her instrument.
Nearing 1am, STS9 takes the stage one more time for an unforgettable closing act. ‘Grizzly’ followed by ‘And Some Are Angels’ which segued into final song, ‘Breathe In’. “It was magical to close 2014 and launch what is sure to be an epic 2015 with you all at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver” says STS9 in a Facebook post this morning.
Download STS9’s 12/31, 01/02, and 01/03 shows at www.1320Records.com