Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City announces the addition of the Anthem concert Starset on Friday, September 15! Tickets can be purchased at the Rock Shop or online here!
Starset was formed in 2013 by Downplay vocalist Dustin Bates, who is also the band's lead singer, songwriter, and keyboardist. Bates' interest in astronomy was first fueled when acquiring his masters in electrical engineering as he studied at Ohio University. He has also completed research for the US Air Force and taught at the International Space University. Bates also created the fictional backstory for the band that forms the thematic basis for their music and multimedia. In the backstory, Starset was formed as part of a public outreach initiative by The Starset Society. The Society's aims were to alert the public about the contents of "the Message" the society obtained from a mysterious signal from space.
The band released their debut album Transmissions on July 8, 2014. The release debuted at number 49 on the US Billboard 200 charts, making it one of the highest debut albums for a rock band in 2014, and as of 2016, had sold over 79,000 copies. Three singles were released in promotion of the album; "My Demons", Carnivore", and "Halo". The band later released an accompanying 250 page graphic novel, The Prox Transmission, further detailing Bates' fictional back-history of the Starset Society story.
A second album, Vessels, was released in January 2017, debuting at number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and including the single "Monster."