STS9’s live-electronica jam culture is a frenzy of psychedelic funk and unbridled improvisation that seems to levitate the listener into a state of bliss—a state that gyrates throughout the crowd from the moment the first note hits the air. Their entire concert experience is spiritual—cleansing even. At the height of their performances when faced with nothing but sound, light, and percussions it feels as if there is stardust in the air. That dynamic, hypnotic state-of-being seems to dissolve musical egos and bring the crowd together as one living, breathing entity. Pretty righteous, eh. 😉
One thing is certain, STS9 is the master of their trade and powerfully original. Their ability to create multi-dimensional sonic soundscapes imbued with deep layers of moody rifts, playful tape-loops, and funkadelic lyrics live in concert is a testament to their cognizance. Whether you are listening to them for the first time or twentieth, it is an experience completely unique to the setting and the people.
The most important distinction between STS9 and their jam-band counterparts is their stage presence.
The relationship between band members in STS9 resonates in their live performances most of all, which is not a trait every band is capable of honing. At their very core, STS9 is a collective.