The Core: STS9 on 20 Years of Livetronica
Mike Greenhaus | February 08, 2018
20 YEARS LATER
Alana Rocklin: We wanted to kick off our anniversary at Morrison, Colo.’s Red Rocks in September and celebrate into 2018—to commemorate where the band’s been, what we’ve done and, of course, playing [2005’s electro-improv classic] Artifact is a big part of that. It was a joy for all of us to go back and learn to play it with one another; it’s something that carried us through that last tour as well. We also did our own art gallery during the Red Rocks run, and that was a big part of the anniversary, too. We tried to share some of our history through our art, pictures and these special moments.
Oct. 3 was the date that everybody remembered as the 20th anniversary, so we thought it would be fun to play Artifact again in a grimy club [Knoxville, Tenn.’s The Mill & Mine] and have this smaller, more intimate dance party. We surprised everybody in a classy way and gave out pamphlets when everyone walked in that said what we were going to do.
Jeffree Lerner: We like to dub it the “first 20 years.” The overall variety and vibe of where we’re at is so creative and inspired. We are trying to find ways to let our fans in a little bit and show them this historical perspective. It’s mind-blowing to think that we’ve had this honor of creating music and traveling and sharing our art for 20 years. We take that more seriously now than we ever have.
JL: Artifact was the first album we’ve chosen to do; it definitely holds a lot of great memories for us as the creators, and the feedback we’ve gotten from fans has revealed how much that album means to them. Playing it was challenging for us in a different way, too. Only a handful of those songs were in rotation and, some, we’d never played live or with Alana [who joined in 2014]. It’s a goal of ours to really increase our repertoire—to be able to play everything we put out on one of our albums.
AR: We didn’t want to look at it as, “Let’s play it top to bottom, note for note.” We wanted to play it in a way that was reflective of where we are as a band. We’d never played “Peoples part II” or “Native End” electric. And we did “Music, Us” totally differently.