This spring STS9 holed-up in their California studio space recording their much anticipated fourth album, Peaceblaster. The album is scheduled to be released some time early this summer. But this past week, Thursday, May 22nd, STS9 digitally released the recently recorded single "Shock Doctrine," offering a rare glimpse into STS9's new material.
"Shock Doctrine" can be downloaded for free or streamed at www.1320records.com. It may also be downloaded as part of a podcast on iTunes www.itunes.com. On this first-ever 1320 podcast, "Shock Doctrine" debuts as the podcasts' first track, which also features new singles from artists off the bands' self-owned label, 1320 Records, including Count Bass D, Pnuma Trio, Collective Efforts, sub-ID, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and LoPro Lounge.
Look for STS9 on tour in the coming months. For July, touring heavyweights STS9 and Umphrey's McGee team up for what promises to be one of the hardest-hitting tours of the summer. This co-bill will feature extended sets by both bands, and will stop in Midwest and east coast cities throughout the month of July. The tour will also offer very special late night sets by each band in select markets, including Philadelphia, Madison, Chicago, NYC, and Atlanta.
The month of August includes headlining stops in Berkeley, CA, Portland, OR and Seattle, WA for STS9, before the summer culminates with two huge shows at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Their western itinerary also offers two intimate, always popular and already sold out "Fan Club" shows in San Francisco, CA and Boulder, CO. All shows on-sale now at TicketMaster.
A complete list of STS9's summer appearances is as follows:
May 23 Summer Camp Chillicothe IL
June 07 Wakarusa Lawrence KS
June 13 Broadway Bloc Party Eugene OR STS9 PA Set w/ Pnuma and Bassnectar
July 05 ROTHBURY Rothbury MI
July 10 Willow Island Centre Madison WI w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 10 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 11 Live on the Levee St. Louis MO FREE SHOW! w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 17 Promowest Pavilion Columbus OH w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 18 White River Lawn Indianapolis IN w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 19 Charter One Pavilion Chicago IL w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 19 House of Blues Chicago IL (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 23 Higher Ground Burlington VT (STS9 Only)
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 24 Blender at Gramercy New York NY (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 25 Fillmore at TLA Philadelphia PA (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC w/ Umphrey's McGee
July 31 Lincoln Square Theatre Raleigh NC (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
August 01 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA w/ Umphrey's McGee
August 02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA w/ Umphrey's McGee
August 15 The Independent San Francisco, CA (fan club show) SOLD OUT
August 16 The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Bassnectar and more TBA
August 22 McMenamin's Edgefield Portland, OR with special guests Blackalicious
August 23 Marymoor Amphitheatre Seattle, WA with special guests Blackalicious
September 04 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO (fan club show) SOLD OUT
September 05 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Talib Kweli and others TBA
September 06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Ghostland Observatory and Bassnectar
Dubbed "...one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 steps out this summer armed with their brand-new, highly anticipated studio album, Peaceblaster. To be released in summer 2008 on their own label 1320 Records (www.1320records.com), the new album will feature never-before heard tracks that artfully mirror the intensity of STS9's live shows, while preserving the musical intricacies of past studio albums that critics and fans have touted. Peaceblaster comes nearly three years after their acclaimed 2005 releases, Artifact & Artifact: Perspectives, both of which were named in iTunes list of top albums of the year. After a flurry of industry attention, STS9 retreated from the limelight to do what they love most: play music. On the touring front, STS9 reached number 29 on Pollstar Magazine's "PULSE Charts" of the country's top touring artists. The band has shared the stage with a diverse range of acts including James Brown, Jurassic 5, Tortoise, Digable Planets, RJD2, De La Soul, The Brazilian Girls, Prefuse 73, Blackalicious, Saul Williams, Soulive, Cut Chemist, and many others, and has played such festivals as Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Winter Music Conference, and Vegoose Festival. Recently, the band sold out a 4 night headlining run at Atlanta's Tabernacle, and a 2 night run at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium.