SLOW TO SURFACE: We had it pegged to survive the apocalypse. Sadly, the local rock warhorse called it a day on May 14.
The quintet, which last released music in 2012, transitioned from its Product namesake in 2000, back when its heavy but cerebral guitar music served as a much-needed contrast against the local onslaught of nu-metal, while establishing a reputation as a no-compromise act that performed with emotional intensity. A handful of well-received albums followed, but STS never obtained the break or fan base its talent might suggest.
“We had a load of great times, but we also had our handful of false hope and reality checks,” said guitarist Zach Saucier. “Maybe it would have been a different story if we lived somewhere else. Not that Vegas was bad, it just wasn’t for STS.”
Nonetheless, the band’s statement says its members would continue making music with different projects. Saucier recently released an EP under the name The Bar Lion, which he debuted last week in a DJ/guitar set at Insert Coins.
SOULKITCHEN: Ten years is a long time for a party, let alone one that showcases underground house music. On May 16, DJ Edgar Reyes’ enduring Thursday night event commemorates a decade of off-Strip deep grooves with a 12-hour bash, featuring several of the jocks who played it over the years, such as Carlos Sanchez, Roy Evans, Douglas Gibbs, Spacebyrdz, Speedy and Reyes himself. The anniversary throwdown starts at 6 p.m., at Soulkitchen’s current home, Vanguard Lounge on East Fremont.