By Bob Mandich
In just a few very short days STS9 will be coming home to Atlanta for what’s sure to be an epic 5 night new year’s run at the famed Tabernacle. The last time the band performed over new year’s at “The Tabby” was in 2011, also a 5 night run. Those 5 shows delivered instant classic moments and showcased all of the bands elements. Tribe will look to create new memories this year and there’s a lot to be excited about based off of the past 12 months.
2013 was a very fun year to be a fan of STS9. Their performances this year saw the band putting a lot of old favorites back into rotation (Vibyl, Warrior, KABUKI…), playing with a horn section that features Russ Liquid and go on a co-headlining summer tour with Umphrey’s McGee where the bands rotated headlining duties throughout and included various formations of sit-ins between the two. There were plenty of “were you there?” moments including “Thriller” (with The Liquid Horns) at the now defunct Congress Theater, “2001” (also with The Liquid Horns) at SummerCamp, “Let’s Dance” at FirstMerit (formerly Charter One) Pavilion when the entire band sat in with Umphrey’s McGee and reminded Chicago why David Bowie is the shit. The band has also been playing with an intensity and crispness that some had questioned whether or not was still there. Any and all questions about where this band is at will be answered through December 27 – 31.
Expect a much expanded view of Sound Tribe Sector 9’s landscape. With 5 nights to play with there a lot of options for some special shows. Could there possibly be an all axed set or maybe even show? What about the same but with The Liquid Horns? An ode to an older album would surely please the faithful that will be filling The Tabernacle. A set full of bust outs, throwbacks and covers never hurts anybodies feelings either. No matter what they do and how they do it all that matters is that the show is good and the openers they’ve hand selected for each night will do a good job at helping ensure that happens.
STS9 has made it a habit of bringing together the most diverse and talented group of electronic musicians together for occasions like these and this party is no different.
On the 27th Canadian producer Lunice will be trapping hard and slow with his unique spin on the hip-hop based subgenre.
ESKMO will be banging trash cans and ripping paper a.k.a. creating sound that can only be described as unusually beautiful.
The 29th will feature Russ Liquid’s glitched out, low tempo beats accompanied by some smooth trumpeting from the man himself. I think it’s a safe bet to say his opening set won’t be the only time he takes the stage that night.
Cherub brings the doses, mimosas, champagne and cocaine on the 30th. Their music also sounds like what would happen if Prince and Chromeo had a love child… It’s as awesome as it sounds.
New Year’s Eve belongs to Colorado’s own ProJect Aspect. His signature whomp will be felt across the whole venue and will do a great job of hyping up the crowd for Tribe’s final show of 2013.
Not many tickets are left so be sure to get yours on Live Nation before they sell out. It’s shaping up to be a very fun and very memorable new year’s at The Tabernacle. How many instant classic moments will be made this year? Guess you’re just going to have to go find out for yourself, aren’t you? Here’s to 2014; Rage on STS9, Ray John.