Indie Electro Pop (Portland, Ore.)

Not to be confused with the various other outfits also known as Starfucker(s) over the years, this Portland trio pimps a frothy Indie Pop aesthetic marked by keyboards galore and frontguy Josh Hedges’ understated vocals and lyrical concerns. The band’s latest full-length, Reptilians, is its most intriguing effort to date, injecting a live drummer and more nuanced arrangements that should bring new life to STRFKR’s already playful live presentation — word is they like to swap instruments mid-show to keep things fresh. If Reptilians’ “Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second” sounds familiar, it should — it was sampled in a Target commercial campaign, a fact that might (or might not) give you a sense of STRFKR’s sound and vision.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Pinback, a frothier New Order, Air. (Jason Gargano, CityBeat)

~ "An exuberant, life-affirming synth-rock gem full of catchy keyboard squiggles and inspired by, interestingly enough, a meditation on death by leader Josh Hodges, Reptilians proves that really good bands can also have really stupid names. (And occasionally multiple stupid names.) Passion Pit’s dance-rock is an obvious reference point, but Starfucker also references Beck, Pinback, Pet Shop Boys and even My Bloody Valentine." (The Onion A.V. Club)

~ "Portland’s Starfucker have been touring constantly since SXSW in support of their sophomore album Reptilians, a danceable synthpop meditation on death and the afterlife. Despite being thematically grim, Reptilians is one of the better releases this year, combining pulse-pounding synth riffs with murmured vocals and plucked guitars, and it translates well in a live setting." (KEXP, Seattle)