Live review: STS9 @ the Fillmore AuditoriumBy Evan Semon and Shawn Parker | December 30th, 2010 | No Comments »
It’s New Year’s weekend in Denver — the time of the year that can be marked by the most familiar of things. Holiday lights, an inbox jammed full of party e-vites and Facebook invitations, and every jam band you can think of packing every venue in Denver.
Yes, its the most wonderful time of the year. Unless you hate the “jam band” scene. During this music fest that runs through the new year you can catch Widespread Panic at the Pepsi Center, Railroad Earth at the Ogden, the Motet at Cervantes’ (and at a stretch you can include Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Paramount).
STS9 is a festival in itself. It’s not quite Widespread, certainly not Phish. The band builds its jams around electronic video-game-type bass lines churned out by clean-cut musicians that look like they could be
members of the Killers. Praised by fist pumping fans, the show has all the feel of a LCD Soundsystem show with the musical complexity of Thievery Corporation.
The only complaint that can be made against STS9 is the nearly half hour (or longer) break the band takes between sets. It tends to compromise the energy of the captive audience, but they do return to build
it right back up. A STS9 fan only walks away knowing that the band seems to be simmering and gearing up to make each night better and better. By the time they get to NYE on Friday, the band will surely reach a peak and create a show to remember.
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.
Shawn Parker is a Denver-based freelance photographer and web developer.