STS9 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 6/16/12 (review)By Brendan Magee | June 18th, 2012 | 2 comments
The quintet opened with a flip-the-switch “Vapors.” The industry-leading light show had arrived and all philandering and/or optimistic idling ceased. Nimble fans locked in with the sound, light and tribal themes, and let go (seriously, let go). The pounding electronic percussion and pinpoint instrumentals ensued — relentlessly. It was all quite bright, fast and potentially confounding, but the STS9ers, tired as they were, moved freely — embracing every digital millisecond of the performance.
Photos, below, from a Sept. 2011 show at Red Rocks
A few songs in, “ABCees” settled the sold-out venue into a trans-like-two-step, a sea of bodies moving before a triangulated two-piece light board. The structure left STS9 sandwiched between two screens worth of imagery: stars, interplanetary travel and the like.
With the set break came a time to sit, breathe and make sure you were still in the vicinity of (known) friends. Discussions on set one and upcoming set two were loud and sincere, and in no time, key members Hunter Brown (guitar), David Phipps (electronic/laptop), and Zach Velmer (drums), got on with it. Highpoints like “March” and “Scheme” maintained an ultra sensory buzz.
An inconclusive two-song encore left some homeward bound fans with fingers crossed for another STS9 Colorado engagement before year’s end.
Brendan Magee is a Denver-based writer and regular contributor to Reverb. When not writing, Brendan is working on his own music as a singer-songwriter in Capitol Hill.