STRFKR To Release Sophomore Full Length Album Reptilians on Polyvinyl
"like a combination of Chromeo and ELO, indulging in theatrical silliness while conjuring sugary pop hooks... providing a kinetic, anything-can-happen energy." - Pitchfork
"STRFKR has created a set of danceable, positive-minded pop songs, many of which seem to have been deconstructed, stripped of their immediate urgency, yet... manage to retain their hooks" - The FADER
"This spazzy quartet belies their unfit-to-fully-print name... a dazzling collection of synth-pop fizz." - SPIN 8/10
Download the first single "Bury Us Alive" off Reptilians:
Portland's Starfucker (STRFKR) has received almost as much attention for its moniker as for its immensely accessible dance hooks. Now that the group's name has finally settled on STRFKR after flirting briefly with a few alternatives, however, the focus can rightly return to the quartet's unique brand of endlessly catchy, addictive pop. And there's no better place for that to begin than with Reptilians, the bands second album and first with Polyvinyl, due out March 8. Polyvinyl is offering a limited edition run of 180-gram clear vinyl for Reptilians, as well as an instant download of the album for all pre-orders: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/reptilians.
As with the bands previous albums, Reptilians was written almost entirely by principal songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Hodges. This time around, however, STRFKR's sound is also bolstered by the addition of Keil Corcoran (whom Hodges describes as a human drum machine) and producer Jacob Portrait (The Dandy Warhols, Mint Chicks).
Reptilians focuses primarily on the epic subjects of death and the end of the world, two intertwined subjects at the forefront of songwriter Josh Hodges' mind following the passing of his grandmother. However, the tone of the record stays out of the doldrums, taking a page from British philosopher Alan Watts (whose lectures are excerpted at various intervals), who proposed death is essential as it lends meaning to life.
With vibrant crescendos, explosive drum beats, and layered melodies that fuel a truly enthusiastic, theatrical live show (dates to be announced shortly), Reptilians is decidedly STRFKR's most well-rounded and full-sounding album to date -- a buoyant affair that will somehow have you dancing to songs about death and too busy enjoying it to mind.
Reptilians Track listing:
3. Bury Us Alive
4. Mystery Cloud
5. Death as a Fetish
8. The White of Noon
9. Hungry Ghost
10. Mona Vegas
12. Quality Time