This week has been an epic good time in Lawrence, Kansas, with two nights of Sound Tribe Sector 9 at Liberty Hall, followed by two days of beautiful weather, as if the great musicians were ringing in the Spring with the fun, dance-able jams.
Based solely on the set list from their first night, I can tell that Sound Tribe played a fantastic show, featuring fan favorites like Rabble, Moonsocket, One A Day, Breathe In and Aimlessly as well as their mind-blowing Nine Inch Nails cover song. Second-hand accounts from loyal STS9 fans confirm that the show was phenomenal.
Last night, the band turned it up a notch for their finale, with a great two sets of songs, tragically interrupted by a technical difficulty that elongated the set-break. However, the band kept raging late into the night to make up for the delay.
Some of the band's greatest songs played back to back, including the aggressive, catchy EHM, climactic Metameme and the bass-thumping Arigato. The largest venue in Lawrence was virtually packed with dancing, cheering fans, full of good vibes throughout the show.
After the extended intermission, the band came back with a guest musician on the saxophone adding to their sound. They played a funky, fun cover of the triumphant classical piece from the movie 2001: Space Odyssey as well as one of Daft Punk's songs from the soundtrack of the movie Tron: Legacy. Both covers were true to their origins, while radiating with Sound Tribe's unique style.
On top of awesome tunes, STS9 has really stepped up their lights show. Sharp, accurate rays and lasers criss-cross the stage and the entire venue, casting the whole wide open chamber in complex patterns of ever-changing, flashing, pulsing colors. Designs and images played across screens behind the band and below their feet, suiting each individual song movement. And crazy glowsticks and other toys from the audience were kept to a tolerable minimum.
Over all it was a very nice evening with Sound Tribe Sector 9. It is a relief to see the guys can still play some of their older hits without altering them beyond recognition, while still jamming some fresh new bits. With any luck, they will be back in Lawrence for another 2-night run soon!
Now for Previews:
Friday the 22nd, Shedding Watts will be at the Jazzhaus!
Looking ahead a bit further, Awolnation will be at Liberty Hall on April 3rd!
Monday, April 8th, Bad Religion will be at The Granada! So cool!
Then Crystal Castles will be at Liberty Hall on May 3rd! This is a must see show! Check out their ridiculously weird yet thrillingly catchy songs!