Thursday, June 26, 2014

STRFKR announces Summer tour dates

Portland's STRFKR are back today to announce a run of summer US tour dates supporting Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, as well as playing the West Coast Mad Decent Block Parties. The band's 3rd album Miracle Mile was released last year by Polyvinyl Records. In addition to all of the band's upcoming tour dates, you can check out the lead single from Miracle Mile "While I'm Alive" on the soundtrack for the recent chart-topping film The Fault In Our Stars, below. The soundtrack features M83, Charli XCX, Grouplove and more.

VIDEO: "While I'm Alive" -

6/27 San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
7/13 Saugerties, NY - The Hudson Project Festival
8/02 Seattle, WA - Neumos
8/08 Darrington, WA - Summer Meltdown Festival
8/20 Aspen, CO - Belly Up
8/21 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
8/22 Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's *
8/24 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom *
8/26 Sioux Falls, SD - The District
8/27 Des Moines, IA - Simon Estes Amphitheater *
8/29 Kansas City, MO - Crossroads *
8/30 Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom *
8/31 San Marcos, TX - Float Festival
9/12 Chandler, AZ - Rawhide (Mad Decent Block Party)
9/13 Los Angeles, CA - LA Center Studios (Mad Decent Block Party)
9/14 San Diego, CA - LED (Mad Decent Block Party)
9/19 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre (Mad Decent Block Party)
9/20 Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater (Mad Decent Block Party)
9/21 Vancouver, CA - WestJet Stage at PNE Amphiteater (Mad Decent Block Party)

* w/ Grouplove & Portugal. The Man

It's hard to say exactly when it happened.

It could've been during one of the 100+ shows STRFKR played over the past two years -- ecstatic sold-out dance parties that started in tiny, sweaty rooms before word of mouth spread and forced a move to larger (and even sweatier) venues.

It might've been when touring guitarist Patrick Morris officially became a full-time member in late 2011, rounding out a line-up that included multi-instrumentalists Josh Hodges, Shawn Glassford, and Keil Corcoran.

Most likely, though, there wasn't a single defining moment when the change occurred. With evolution there rarely is. Instead, progression happens naturally and steadily -- each step leading inevitably to the next until you reach a point when you realize how far you've come without even being fully aware of how you got there.

In early 2012, during a rare break in the group's touring schedule, Hodges retreated to secluded Astoria, Oregon. But this time, rather than completely isolating himself to work on new material (as had always been the case in the past), Hodges invited the other members to visit often and truly collaborate in the process of writing STRFKR's third full-length, Miracle Mile.

And so it was that STRFKR became a band. 

As a result, whether participating in all-night lyric writing sessions, fleshing out song skeletons origi- nally conceived during European soundchecks ("Malmo") and long van rides ("Leave It All Behind"), or completing half-finished ideas kicking around Hodges' brain and hard drive, there isn't a single song on Miracle Mile that every member of STRFKR didn't contribute to and ultimately improve.

For proof, look no further than first single and opening track "While I'm Alive," a song that bursts out of the gate with what can only be described as swagger. Not overconfidence or false bravado, but the undeniable sound of a band that knows exactly who they are: swirling keyboards that take you up, down, and all around, rhythmic guitars, irresistible basslines, and drums that keep an unrelenting beat.

Disco-y standout "Atlantis" is the paragon of this formula, with vocal and musical hooks seemingly custom fitted to a spot so deep inside your eardrums they'll never dislodge. But upbeat isn't Miracle Mile's only tempo. In fact, it's in quieter moments like "Isea," which briefly slows down the album's pulse with gentle "oh-oh-ohs" over acoustic guitar, that the record truly coalesces as a complete whole that couldn't have come together any other way.

Just like STRFKR.

Miracle Mile
(Polyvinyl Records)
Out Now 
1. While I'm Alive 
2. Sazed
3. Malmo
4. Beach Monster 
5. Isea
7. Fortune's Fool
8. Kahlil Gibran
9. Say to You
10. Atlantis
11. Leave It All Behind
12. I Don't Want to See
13. Last Words
14. Golden Light
15. Nite Rite 

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