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Saturday December 3rd

Sound Tribe Develops Mellow, Unusual Music




4 Stars

Sound Tribe Sector 9 is not your classic jam band. Forging ahead with jam elements and techno, the band produces a sound unlike any other.

To accompany its unusual style, the band also presented a different stage setup. Crystals and rocks were displayed center stage, with bassist David Murphy and guitarist Hunter Brown behind them. Keyboard player David Phipps was on the left, while percussionist Jeffree Lerner banged away behind the guitars. Finally, the band came full circle with drummer Zack Velmer displaying his talent in the front right.

Drums were often the keystone to the songs, creating a beat that was followed and accentuated by the other instruments. Velmer's rapid delivery often sounded like a drum roll, but flowed into the mixture of bass, bongos, keyboard and guitar.

In a few songs, the intense drumming gave way to soaring guitar jams that fit the crowd's emotions, while the pounding drums and bass matched their heart rates.

The only way to tell a song had ended was by applause and a brief break before the music returned. Even though the songs did vary in tempo, most melted into one textured jam.

The set was easy to get into: those who started the concert sitting on the sidelines, by the end were among the sea of bobbing dancers, with light bouncing off them from the stage lights and crystals.

Crystals weren't the only thing on stage besides the band. Artist Kris Davidson paints his "visual interpretation of the vibe" at every show. The mixture of colors blend together, much like the music itself.

The band members promised to "make it nice and fuzzy," and they kept it that way with the positive energy flowing between the audience and band.

Closing with a layered mellow jam, the band showed its roots in that genre, but its talent for organic drum and bass showed through the calm.

The Arts & Entertainment Editor can be reached at artsdesk@unc.edu.

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