For the last 16 years, STS9 has combined a live band with improvised electronic music, building an obsessive fan base in the process.
The sextet from Santa Cruz — consisting of guitarist Hunter Brown, bassist Alana Rocklin, percussionist Jeffree Lerner, keyboardist David Phipps and drummer Zach Velmer — returns to San Francisco for the first time since 2015’s Treasure Island Music Festival.
“We haven’t played in the city in a while,” Brown says. “We’re thrilled to come back, and we know a lot of our fans love coming to the city from other places around the country.”
Understanding that penchant of their fan base’s willingness to travel played a big role in planning the band’s Fall Tour finale, which includes a show on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Masonic and on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Fillmore. Fans, take note: If you want to see Sunday’s show, you must purchase a two-day ticket that includes admittance to both shows. No individual tickets will be sold for the band’s return to the Fillmore.
“It’s just wanting to make it worth people travelling from all over the country because we know that our fans in particular really enjoy that,” Brown says. “A lot of these ticketing decisions don’t necessarily come from the band, either.”
The last time STS9 played the Fillmore was a four-night run at the end of February and beginning of March in 2009, ending a seven-year drought in live shows for the band.