BY VICTORIA MIDDLETON// The Portland, Oregon based indie-pop band STRFKR is playing the 9:30 Club this Saturday, February 17.
STRFKR began in 2007 as a solo project for Joshua Hodges, but has since been rounded out with bassist Shawn Glassford, drummer Keil Corcoran, and guitarist Patrick Morris. The band’s ~edgy~ moniker stems from a person joke of Hodges, who is vocally critical of the status-hungry nature of stardom.
“I was around all these people who were kind of douchey, the kind of people I would never hang out with, and one of them bragged about being a ‘starfucker.’ I thought, ‘Who are these people? What is this world?’,” says Hodges. “That’s why I chose the name: because it represented all I didn’t want to be a part of, all I didn’t want to do.”
The project’s first LP Starfucker was released in 2008. The album features their most familiar song “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second,” as well as many other dance-able tracks such as “German Love” and “Isabella of Castille.” STRFKR’s M.O. is best described as pop with substance, upbeat tracks that aren’t afraid to explore heavier themes.
In their decades-long existence, STRFKR has assembled quite the discography, including 5 LPs and three vault records, released in 2017. The project’s sound as stayed true to it’s creator’s non-conformist ideals. STRFKR is experimental, daring, and inimitable; yet, it never loses the infectious sweetness of great pop music.
For a night like no other, check out tickets here.