RELEASE DATE SET FOR NEW ALBUM
SECOND SINGLE OUT NOW
"This band is making electronic music relevant again, and people from all over the musical map are taking notice." – Remix
Peaceblaster, the long awaited follow-up to Sound Tribe Sector 9's Artifact, hits stores July 8. It is a clarion call from a band that thrives on friction.
"America is this beautiful, incredible place, but it has a dark underbelly," bassist David Murphy says. "And even on Peaceblaster's most ethereal songs, there's a darkness that reflects what's going on in society - it ain't all bad, but it ain't all good."
"Music measures the temperature of the people," adds guitarist Hunter Brown. "Consumerism and the corporate media have taken us all down the path of cynicism, apathy, and nihilism. If the message on the new record is anything, it's to blast that shit."
Armed with a batch of song ideas and fueled by the tension of the times, the band (which in addition to Brown and Murphy, features percussionist Jeffree Lerner, keyboardist David Phipps and Zach Velmer on drums) took a break from their masochistic touring schedule and holed up in their recording studio, determined to make the strongest album of their career. "The last few records, it felt like we were learning on the job," says Murphy, "but the new record is the job."
"Beyond Right Now," the 2nd single from their forthcoming album is currently streaming free here, where you can also check out the first single, "Shock Doctrine."
Ultimately, STS9 knows that they are just a band, playing songs. No more, no less. But they also understand music's power as a cultural force. They know that friction can be a catalyst for change. And even though they can't literally blast peace into our consciousness, they can carve out a musical space where new ideas might take hold.
"We’re just trying to get inspired and to get people inspired," Brown says. "That's what music is: a never-ending conversation between strangers. We need this conversation to help us understand the world and our place in it."