Fri Mar 31, 2017 8pm
Starting out under the head-turning moniker Starfucker, STRFKR are an indie pop/indie electro band comprised of Sexton Blake’s Josh Hodges, Junkface’s Ryan Bjornstad, and Mr. Fredrick’s Shawn Glassford. After chief songwriter Hodges returned to Portland, Oregon following a four-year stint in New York City, he released two Sexton Blake records on Expunged Records, including Plays the Hits, a breezy but glum lo-fi album of ’80s covers. Looking to convert his musical endeavors into a more lighthearted project, Hodges recruited Glassford and formed a new group with Bjornstad. With notable live performances that featured some instrument swapping, dual drumming, and stage diving, as well as some outlandish costumes, Dylan Magierek’s attention was drawn to their set and he signed the band to Badman Recording Company. Hodges and Magierek took some of their home recordings to the Type Foundry to round out their eponymous debut record with some intricate layering, and in September 2008 the album was released to the public and hailed by critics for its abundance of dance-friendly hooks. Multi-instrumentalist Keil Corcoran joined on in 2009. Experiencing some mainstream success in the form of a Target campaign that sampled “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second,” the band wrestled with a name change, considering PYRAMID and Pyramiddd in their short list of options. Ultimately, they decided to embrace the absurdity of their moniker and stuck with Starfucker for 2011’s Reptilians, which was released on Polyvinyl. Some lineup changes ensued as time went on, with Bjornstad leaving the band and touring guitarist Patrick Morris taking his place as a full-time member in late 2011. The band continued to grow in popularity, and again grappled with a name change. They opted on the foreshortened STRFKR in 2012 and between tours completed work on their third album, Miracle Mile, which was released in early 2013.