STS9, 10/22/11

Best Buy Theater
New York City, NY
October 22, 2011

On a crisp fall evening, STS9 played a sold-out show in the heart of Times Square at the Best Buy Theater.  As the house lights dropped, a familiar beat came over the PA, as though a champion fighter would soon enter the ring. Shortly after the beat — which unfolded into Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” –  the Santa Cruz (by way of Atlanta) quintet took the stage before the packed house.

Making their way through thick smoke and red lights, the band had picked up their respective instruments and took the aforementioned groove a touch deeper.

Having a New York City crowd locked in from the word “go” is a daunting task, but STS9 successfully kept the crowd in their comfortable grip for the remainder of the show with older songs like “Squares & Cubes”  that were as well received as the youthful numbers such as “When The Dust Settles.”

Throughout the evening, the band and the audience seemed very much a part of the same organism, and while the onstage painters, crystals, and floral arrangements of old were absent, the band’s passion for creating new sounds was still ever-present.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Andrew Scott Blackstein