On February 8, 2005, STS9 released ARTiFACT, their first studio album in five years, to a barrage of commercial and critical success. The first official week of sales propelled ARTiFACT into Billboard Magazine's Electronica Chart debuting at #12.
"Tokyo," the first single off of ARTiFACT, has garnered airplay at some of the most prestigious radio stations across the country. STS9 have been steadily climbing CMJ's Top 200 chart for four consecutive weeks, currently at #83. This week STS9 debuted on CMJ's AAA chart at #30. ARTiFACT also charted 3 times on CMJ's RPM chart (electronica, dance, down-tempo, IDM, etc.) peaking at #25.
52 non-commercial and college radio stations have given the record enough airplay to see it debut on their top 30's. Of particular note are: KUOM (Minneapolis, MS); KZSC (Santa Cruz, CA); WLUW (Chicago); KOTO (Telluride, CO); KRCC (Colorado Springs, CO); WCBE (Columbus, OH); KDHX (St. Louis); and the second largest non-comm in the country, WRAS (Atlanta).
The nationally syndicated radio program Marketplace (PRI and NPR stations) has also added STS9 to its rotation as well as other tastemaker radio stations including, KCRW (Los Angeles), WXPN (Philadelphia), KOOP/KVRX (Austin), WERS (Boston) and WRUV (Burlington, VT).
STS9's mass appeal has even crossed the Pacific Ocean shipping over 2200 units to Japan in the first week. ARTiFACT has enjoyed a position on the Top 10 Charts in Tokyo's Shibuya Tower Records for several weeks since its release on January 23, 2005.
For years, the band has toured non-stop building a rabid and loyal fanbase nationwide. Hot on the heels of the band's most successful touring year ever, the band's 2005 tour has reaped even greater success with ticket pre-sales at the highest levels in the band's eight-year career and sold-out shows nationwide including Denver, two nights in Chicago, two nights in New York, and Washington DC, among others.
The ARTiFACT tour continues throughout the spring (see dates below) and STS9 will be participating in this year's Bonnaroo Festival and as a highlight at this year's Winter Music Conference.
STS9's album ARTiFACT and live show has garnered tremendous critical acclaim. XLR8R coins STS9 as "one of the most intriguing, innovative outfits around." Relix magazine raved about ARTiFACT by stating, "Songs shift and blur like sand dunes, rising into gorgeously curved drifts, then softly crumbling into their ghostly components. Given the album's wild, seemingly infinite textures, it is surprisingly uncluttered and focused... Dark synth tones mingle beside dream-white guitar chords, tempos strut from disco to drum'n'bass...Artifact is a definitive statement made entirely on its own terms." And, most notably, the Pitch Weekly raved, "Don't wait until the end of the year for critics to tell you that STS9's latest album, Artifact, ranks up there with feed-your-head classics from Floyd and Radiohead."
Fans who are temporarily satiated by ARTiFACT's lush layers can proceed to the nearest tour date, as Drum! magazine urged, "You’ll have to check out Artifact for yourself to figure it out, or better yet, catch STS9 live and bring a bandage for when your chin hits the floor."
ARTIFACT 2005 TOUR:
March 23 | Shellborne Hotel/WMC | Miami, FL (daytime)
March 23 | Pawn Shop Lounge | Miami, FL (evening)
March 26 | Freebird Café | Jacksonville Beach, FL
March 27 | The Masquerade | Tampa, FL
March 29 | Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
March 30 | Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
March 31 | Georgia Theatre | Athens, GA
April 01 | Georgia Theatre | Athens, GA
April 02 | Georgia Theatre | Athens, GA
April 04 | The Cannery | Nashville, TN
April 06 | Cain's Ballroom | Tulsa, OK
April 07 | Gypsy Tea Room | Dallas, TX
April 08 | La Zona Rosa | Austin, TX
April 09 | La Zona Rosa | Austin, TX
April 12 | Marquee Theatre | Tempe, AZ
April 13 | 4th & B | San Diego, CA
April 14 | House of Blues | Los Angeles, CA
April 15 | Warfield Theatre | San Francisco, CA
April 16 | Warfield Theatre | San Francisco, CA
April 19 | Arcata Community Ctr. | Arcata, CA
April 20 | Ashland Armory | Ashland, OR
April 21 | The Showbox | Seattle, WA
April 22 | Roseland Theatre | Portland, OR
April 23 | McDonald Theatre | Eugene, OR
April 24 | Richards on Richards | Vancouver, BC
JamBase | California
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