STS9 | 09.28 & 09.29 | New York City

Words by: Brian Bavosa :: Images by: Mitch Manzella

Sound Tribe Sector 9 :: 9.28.07 & 09.29.07 :: Nokia Theatre :: New York, NY

STS9 :: 09.28 :: NYC
When the leaves begin to change color, hoodies and zip-ups become necessary, and the scene shifts from outdoor amphitheaters to the closed confines of clubs and arenas. As the undeniable cool, crisp nip of fall began to fill the air, Sound Tribe Sector 9 rolled into New York City.

Friday night got started with one of the better DJs on the scene: Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar. His hour set was a prelude to the serious after party he played at Rebel the following night while also setting the table for the weekend's headliners, STS9. Consisting of five core members - David Murphy (bass), Hunter Brown (guitar), Zach Velmer (drums), David Phipps (keyboards) and Jeffree Lerner (percussion), STS9's approach is truly a unique one that is spearheading the technological push of the 21st century. Friday's show saw the band focus more on downtempo beats with hints of their hip-hop and electronica roots. First set highlights included a spirited "Evasive/Kamuy" and "One a Day." The second set opened with old favorite "Moon Socket," which was the first song off their debut, Interplanetary Escape Vehicle, which many fans (myself included) latched onto in the late '90's. Along with important but not overwhelming lighting and floral stage decorations, this weekend also had live, onstage painting by J. Garcia, further adding to the ego-free persona the Sound Tribe family so soundly represents.

Friday night also saw Murphy make a stop a few blocks away at B.B. King Blues Club to join The Disco Biscuits' Aaron Magner and Marc Brownstein for their baby known as Conspirator. Murph lent his PA skills for a slew of numbers including a cover of Prometheus' "Grow More Pot" and "Brooklyn Tech."

Hunter Brown :: STS9 :: 09.28
Saturday again boasted a hot opener in The Glitch Mob. Consisting of Ooah, Kitty-D, Boreta, edit and Kraddy, they are a knob twisting, electro-hyphy hip-hop act that had the electricity of Times Square pulsing directly onto the stage. The keyboard-tingling "GLOgli" had the crowd "GLOwing," and the band also played a completely reworked "You Don't Say."

In my eyes, the best STS9 set of the weekend was hands down the final one. If Friday was a Xanax, Saturday was nothing short of a Red Bull and vodka. Velmer is without a doubt at the forefront of this band as he switches between break-beats, hip-hop hooks and a straight-up rat-ta-tat-tat attack. With that said, the band manages to check their egos at the door, instead opting for a seamless sonic soundscape. From the attitude of "Lo Swaga" to the loose, funky "ReEmergence," to the slamming "Ramone & Emiglio" and haunting show-closer "Open E," the second set had it all, whether it be for diehards, hippies or dance floor patrons, all of whom blended together on Saturday night. Also worth noting was the "Circus" encore, an uplifting rarity that captures the essence of not only their music, but also the live painting, flowers, crystals and Mayan interests in STS9's "circus."

With their feet firmly planted in the "we've made it" zone for some time now, including contracts with Apple Records, Sound Tribe Sector 9 manages to be the minister who marries live improvisation and electronic music into a union that is acceptable to all shapes, sizes and types of fans. With another successful weekend in the Big Apple under their belts, there will surely be enough electricity pumping through Times Square to keep the fluorescent foliage of fall burning bright until STS9's next stop here.

09/28/07 :: Nokia Theatre :: New York, NY
Set 1: Bigs > Rent, F. Word, Arigato, Dem Be, Evasive/Kamuy, One a Day
Set 2: Moon Socket, Instantly, The Rabble, Move My Peeps, This, Us, Hi-Key, Peoples
Encore: Somesing

09/29/07 :: Nokia Theatre :: New York, NY
Set 1: Be Nice, The Unquestionable Supremacy of Nature, GLOgli, You Don't Say (reworked), Mischief of a Sleepwalker, Aimlessly, Tooth
Set 2: Lo Swaga, Surreality> EB, Abcees, 1103, ReEmergence, Ramone & Emiglio, Open E
Encore: Circus

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bigfro Thu 10/11/2007 05:23PM
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bigfro

I was there on 9/29. great Energy, great show. a lot of kids

johnnygoff starstarstar Thu 10/11/2007 05:55PM
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johnnygoff

"...break-beats, hip-hop hooks and a straight-up rat-ta-tat-tat attack" -- Whatever that translates to live, I think i'd like to experience it.

once again, nice writeup BB.

johnnygoff starstarstar Thu 10/11/2007 05:55PM
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johnnygoff

"...break-beats, hip-hop hooks and a straight-up rat-ta-tat-tat attack" -- Whatever that translates to live, I think i'd like to experience it.

once again, nice writeup BB.

orgwell starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/11/2007 06:25PM
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orgwell

johnnygoff, that translates to a really good time, hands-down. If you haven't yet seen the Tribe, I would highly suggest it, they're one of my absolute favorites out there right now. I haven't been down for too long comparatively, but you just seem to know when you've found a band out there that you jive with real well.

'...their feet firmly planted in the "we've made it" zone for some time now,' may certainly sum it up correctly. STS9's been cutting their teeth on the road for a solid decade (-plus?), and I'm really happy that they appear to be receiving both financial and "critical" success for their efforts.

"...break-beats, hip-hop hooks and a straight-up rat-ta-tat-tat attack" may refer to a gradual evolution in their style that seems to have been occurring over the last few years -- it's almost a completely different sound than they were doing back in the late-90's.

And I, for one, love it. You might, too. Peep archive.org, and look under the Live Music Archive for this show, perhaps. I think the author pretty much nailed it, and I'm listening to another show from this tour right now -- kind of the jam, son.

Finally, for possibly the penultimate Tribe experience, try to make to to New Year's in Atlanta this year -- it's four freakin' days! That could give you the best idea of what they're all about. If interested, hop on it, 'cause it's guaranteed to sell out (Tabernacle's not ridiculously huge).

See everyone at ECHO this weekend! I wish STS9 was there, too...

rulosa01 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/11/2007 06:39PM
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sts9 = the TITS

Gribblecake Thu 10/11/2007 07:15PM
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Gribblecake

I had a great time at 9:30 and Sonar. I think I gave gum to every person in baltimore that night haha. Zack's bass drum sounded so good in baltimore. I like tribe alot, I mean, I've seen them 4 times since july, but I really wish they'd just beef up their sound a bit. I have no problem with it not trying to be 100% intense all the time, I like that, but I think some lightening up on the little dreamy synth pads and that sort of thing would be good. Most of the haters probably only hear that stuff and judge them by that. If it was just a little dirtier it'd be so much better. I still like them alot, it's just that I have to be in the mood for the lighter stuff, and I'm always in the mood for when they play like "redbull and vodka". I love that sub bass shit, how do they do that?

turner2914 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/11/2007 07:28PM
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circus and somesing for both encores!WOW! I wish I was there. Tribe is awesome.

"Ive lost a friend to a tribe of sound"

orgwell starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/11/2007 07:52PM
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orgwell

Gribblecake, I'm so envious! I was totally gonna hit those up, since I rep the VA. But I was working the Capitol City Carnival (FloydFest-ian) in Centreville that weekend. It was a nice time I suppose, but I had to walk around that weekend thinking that I could be at your two shows. During Southern Culture On The Skids (Fri.) and George Clinton & P-Funk (Sat.), I was walking around (I was "security") actually ANGRY that I was subjected to that stuff instead of the Tribe -- especially since I was so close anyway. [No disrespect to either of those acts, just not my thing.] I'd love to hear back from you a little more about how they were...

...And yeah, once again I'd love to agree with a growing consensus that their new sh*t is indeed THE sh*t. Most definitely want to support the "Red Bull & Vodka" sound -- that's exactly what I go out for anymore. Gribblecake, check out some of Benzo's stuff, particularly "Teach Me" off the new album "Branches" (recent album review up right now on the front page). There's a good thumper for you right there; their whole style is somewhat reminiscent (not as hip-fonk, though). They were at Camp, if that tells you anything, but the article could tell you more...

orgwell starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/11/2007 08:30PM
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orgwell

Gribblecake, I'm so envious! I was totally gonna hit those up, since I rep the VA. But I was working the Capitol City Carnival (FloydFest-ian) in Centreville that weekend. It was a nice time I suppose, but I had to walk around that weekend thinking that I could be at your two shows. During Southern Culture On The Skids (Fri.) and George Clinton & P-Funk (Sat.), I was walking around (I was "security") actually ANGRY that I was subjected to that stuff instead of the Tribe -- especially since I was so close anyway. [No disrespect to either of those acts, just not my thing.] I'd love to hear back from you a little more about how they were...

...And yeah, once again I'd love to agree with a growing consensus that their new sh*t is indeed THE sh*t. Most definitely want to support the "Red Bull & Vodka" sound -- that's exactly what I go out for anymore. Gribblecake, check out some of Benzo's stuff, particularly "Teach Me" off the new album "Branches" (recent album review up right now on the front page). There's a good thumper for you right there; their whole style is somewhat reminiscent (not as hip-fonk, though). They were at Camp, if that tells you anything, but the article could tell you more...

bsclowds starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/12/2007 01:39AM
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Wow! One of the better reviews I've read. Thanks. Can't wait for the Halloween show in SF

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/12/2007 06:34AM
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Wow, four nights in ATL would indeed be sick. Wish I could be there.

Nicely done double b. See ya at Pgroove.

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the lights they have for this year are wonderful color blending lights..

pretty nice!!!

fifimendoza starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/12/2007 07:53AM
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Bavo Rocks!

Thanks for another great piece, it was great to see you. I like the bit about Glitch Mob, they totally deserve to be mentioned. Enjoy echo, keep it up, we'll keep reading, much luv, holla

Eric

ThePaste Fri 10/12/2007 08:37AM
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ThePaste

Soundtribe gives me a boner.

cuttyfives Fri 10/12/2007 10:34AM
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anyone ever heard a purity too live?

AZ~*Droo* Fri 10/12/2007 10:57AM
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AZ~*Droo*

SWEET LIGHTS HUH? awesome! cant wait till vegas!!!

Gribblecake Fri 10/12/2007 12:35PM
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Gribblecake

I saw Benzos at All Good. They tweeked me out, I had a bit too much before Claypool and I had this huge bodyload during their show, middle of the crowd, tried to sit down, then felt all of that bass, bad idea, I was in an alien power generator. I was right up front at Camp.

Things sts9 need to do more: 1) when Zack gets that nice syncopation backed up by some percussion, like during GLOgli (I noticed this alot at Sonar), they gotta do more of that. 2) The sub-bass stuff, damnit, I need to know how they do it. How do you process the sounds like that? It's perfect for live dance music. 3) Hunter should do more of that textural guitar work. I'm not too big on the intro and ending of Music, Us, but when he gets the sound right, like 12/31/05, that's very trippy. The drumming is already tight, I just think they need to beef it up a little, lighten up on some of the keyboard things and some of those random chime samples and all of that, works sometimes, but not all of the time.

spitz66 starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/12/2007 01:34PM
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These shows were amazing! I was only there Friday night but the Saturday setlist looks awesome too. This was my first tribe show and it may be the best show I've ever seen. STS9 is point blank OUT OF CONTROL! One of the best and most innovative bands out there next to JFJO.

tanqueray starstarstarstarstar Sat 10/13/2007 08:30AM
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bassnectar played for maybe 25 minutes... but 9/28 was one of the better tribe shows ive seen.

TBMLEE Mon 10/15/2007 12:05PM
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Rebel was the best party I've been to in years!!!

roses18 starstarstarstar Mon 10/15/2007 08:30PM
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J. Garcia was not the painter in NYC and the Glitch Mob consisted of only edIT, Ooah, and Boreta at this show.

RedHeaven starstarstarstar Tue 10/16/2007 10:51AM
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RedHeaven

Nicely written, not very detailed or critical, though. The Xanax red Bull coment was a little dorky, but what the heck...it does the job. :)

I personally love this band because they dont pack a huge whollop....I think 'beefing it up' would wreck the bands all over sound. There are so many bands taht are beefy out there, hence the sausage rock over flow....its GREAT to have a band take things more atmospheric. I hope STS( never loses that. They have in some ways....Their Greek Theater set this summer was full of punchy crunch which is indeed popular these days. But then I downloaded the recent Red Roccks shows and found that they are really pushing the limits and keeping their lovely mellow thruout. The cool thing about sts9 that is different than other jam community bands is that you can live on Sts9 at home. I rarely see them these days and they are still a huge part of my life.

brwnben Tue 10/16/2007 11:36AM
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Amen brother. I like the "Live on STS9 @ home" comment. I was at both of these and the vibe was nothing short of amazing. There is something about spilling out of a 9 show into Times Square. See you all in ATL!

Gribblecake Tue 10/16/2007 04:47PM
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Gribblecake

I know what you mean, but I'm getting rather tired of them putting those frilly little synth pads, chimes, and some of those other sounds that they use so much. It really doesn't add individual atmosphere to most of them anymore, it fits with some, but sometimes it seem arbitrary. I'd like to hear how they sound more bare-bones, I'm rather curious.

PoppaBakes starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/26/2007 06:44AM
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PoppaBakes

was there on the 28th- first time ive seen STS9 after hearing nothing but great things. its all true. the energy and the music was off the HOOK! the music was tight, everyone was getting down, nothing but a good time.

definetly check this band out kids

Youngerbrother1 Thu 11/1/2007 07:43AM
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Sound Tribe....good on disk and fun to listen to while chillin, but i have never been able to sit through an entire tribe show and most likely never will. Biscuits own shit

yoschie starstarstarstar Thu 11/29/2007 10:48PM
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nice write up... I didn't catch friday's show, unfortunately.. but, will agree that Saturday's second set took the cake! A little shakey early on saturday, but after the break they came out totally on-point!

one correction, though.. the artist that painted on-stage with tribe friday & saturday was Zachariah Gregory, from Alex Grey's CoSM crew. An amazing artist and good friend!