On March 28th, Sound Tribe Sector 9 came on stage and threw down without founding member and bassist David Murphy. This all began back in January, when crazy ripples echoed through the Jamtronica scene as the band announced that frontman would be leaving.
The show took place at McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Pheonix, AZ. Not only did the set feature the addition of bassist Alana Rocklin, the new ensemble also played two previously unreleased songs by the names of “New Dawn, New Day” and “World Go Round” according to Jambands.com. “New Dawn, New Day” is a chilled out, guitar heavy revamp of Nina Simone's “Feelin Good” and the result couldn't be any cooler. Check out a not-horrible video below that shows almost 15 minutes of the festival and their new songs.
While many fans have breathed a sigh of relief at the return of the band to the road, others are skeptical about the shoes she has to fill. Regardless of your view on the topic, I look forward to seeing where the band will find itself in the near future. Change is the only constant, and us fans have to respect that a band won't quit because of a changing landscape.