Monday, April 25, 2011
STARFUCKER ; Band of the Week Apr. 25th - May 1st
Currently [ON TOUR]...Tour Dates Listed Here.
Captivated by songs such as Bury Us Alive, Julius, Reptilians, and Florida....the band Starfucker (tour pronunciation "STRFKR)" have done an intensely satisfying job in pleasuring my ears. Upon first discovering them, their upbeat sound and creative beats have never failed to produce that harmonious indie electro-pop vibe we've all come to know, love, and respect.
Don't let the inappropriate band name hinder your impression; their music greatly makes up for it.
Originating from Portland, Oregon, members Joshua Hodges (vocals, keyboards, guitar, drums), Ryan Biornstad (guitar, keyboard, vocals, turntables), Shawn Glassford (bass, keyboards, drums), and Keil Corcoran (drums, keyboards, vocals) have worked together since 2007 on discography including:
[Burnin' Up] EP, released in 2008
Followed by Debut record [Starfucker] also released in 2008.
2009's EP [Jupiter]
2010's EP [Starfucker B-sides] and single [Julius].
And their recent March 2011 released record [Reptilians].
(all available on itunes)
Under the support of their label Polyvinyl Records, Starfucker has reaped the benefits of the music world quite nicely since their initiation in 2008. Prominently going through band names such as "PYRAMID" and "Pyramiddd," early 2010 became the momentous year their permanent name Starfucker would stick....proving that profanity has its perks. The media has certainly had it's share of tunage approval... Notable instance when in 2009, Target grabbed popular track Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second and threw it in with their "Pink Pepto" commercial. Long before any knowledge of the band, I remember hearing the catchy tune and enjoying it.
Although the band has had it's successes, there have in equivalence been plenty of scrutinizing. Obvious reasons would subject to their band name; however there have been criticizing reviews over live shows....where in the past, band members have dressed in women's clothing as a gag.
This is also seen in their music video for German Love (below). However, the band recognizes that they are in a unique position for harsh critique, and in similar regards, vocalist Hodges mentions that they chose the name "Starfucker" based on the curiosity of how far the band could get "with a stupid name like that."
Whether one can take the band seriously, their tracks are killer and their live sets are great to boot.... What more can a listener ask for, except a boldly distinctive character in the band members? But wait, we've been granted that as well.
Lucky us Δ
Starfucker is .rapt's Band of the Week!