Starset are not a rock band; Starset is a movement!
The band has 2 full length records under their belt, have garnered major support from Sirius Radio, and were able to pack Baltimore Soundstage on a Tuesday night!
Dustin Bates is the creator/vocalist of Starset and Starset is a fictional story created by Bates where the “Starset Society” inform the masses of “The Message”.
Starset is a mix of Astronomy, art, and music; the bands sound is a mash up of Linkin Park meets Kill Hannah meets Filter. The onstage set up is futuristic with a live drummer performing the entire show from within a fogged over plexiglass box. The musicians are decked out in white “Space Man” costumes and Bates is the only “Human” onstage.
For this tour there was a cello player who sat in the back; his presence was felt throughout the set despite never leaving his seated position.
Gemini Syndrome opened the show with a melodic set; this was the opposite of what Starset would bring to the stage! The band sounded great and their overall mix was tight with the vocals loud and clear.
Gemini Syndrome delivered an organic, live rock experience; what Starset were about to bring was anything but that! Starset utilized a giant touch screen computer which controlled a portion of the music onstage.
Starset performed a 90 minute set that took the audience to another realm where space was the theme. One interesting note was that between songs the music would totally die and so did the crowd noise! The venue was filled yet between songs you could almost hear a pin drop!
Midway through the show a computer glitch caused the members of Starset to exit the stage. A voice took the mic to apologize and told the crowd that as soon as the matter was fixed they would take the stage again.
Valentine’s Day fell was on this night and the crowd at this show received an interesting experience; the machines came to life and delivered a ritualistic “message” to the Starset Society.