After hitting the road all summer long (including a headlining gig at their festival Wave Spell, where they played for nearly 12 hours over the span of three days), STS9 should be ready for a break. But today (Oct. 22), the Santa Cruz-based 5-piece added nine more shows in four cities to its already jam-packed (pun intended) fall-winter U.S. tour.
“We’re thoroughly enjoying this journey,” the band’s drummer, Zach Velmer told Billboard last month in New York City between shows at new waterfront venue Pier 17. “There’s no slowing down.”
“I think there’s something for everyone [at our shows],” he continued. “People gravitate towards what we do because of the power and energy of the music, the magical experiences and connections that people have at our shows.” The new dates include two nights at the Wiltern in Los Angeles and three nights at House of Blues in Chicago.
This summer also marked the 10th anniversary of STS9’s acclaimed album, Peaceblaster, which spent four weeks on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in 2008. “We’ve grown incredibly in the last 10 years,” said Velmer. “There’s a constant refinement and an openness to what’s next: we’re just along for the ride and letting the music guide us. The music is telling the story.”
And even with the band’s nonstop tour schedule, bassist Alana Rocklin insists that new music is on the way. reveals they’ve been hard at work in their Santa Cruz studio, and are aiming for a 2019 release. Adds Velmer: “We’re more inspired than we’ve ever been.”