On Thursday night, STS9 made their return to New Orleans’ Joy Theater just eight months after appearing at BUKU Fest (and headlining an after party at the Joy) in March. Fans were still wrapped around the block and queued up outside at the scheduled start time, before filing into the 900 capacity jewel box just in time to pack it out for the opening “20-12” around 9:30. The setlist offered a solid mix of newer fare (the funk-laden “World Go Round”), newly revived tunes (the Talking Heads-esque world groove “Love Don’t Terrorize”) and long-time STS9 staples (“Instantly,” “Inspired Strikes Back,” and “Blu Mood”).
Set two’s “Surreality > EB” segment was arguably the highlight of a night full of noteworthy moments and the only complaint I heard exiting the venue was that this wasn’t a multi-night run in the Crescent City. Following the “Warrior” encore, it appeared the band was almost coaxed into playing a rare second encore before the lights cut on and hordes of happy fans exited the venue.
2015 has been yet another banner year for fans of the band as STS9’s second life begins to reach the lofty potential many saw last year when new bassist Alana Rocklin played her first run of shows.
Continue below to check out the setlist and gallery from the show.
One A Day
Love Don’t Terrorize>>
Inspire Strikes Back
World Go Round
* – upright bass
^ – no intro, right into middle jam