Starfucker 'Jupiter' Reissue Out Now on Badman Recording Co, Vinyl Edition Out January 10th
For having such a potentially shocking name, Starfucker certainly has captured the ears and hearts of thousands. Starfucker’s debut album was featured on iTunes Indie Spotlight and MySpace’s homepage; their video premiered on Pitchfork, and they had one of the all-time most downloaded songs ("German Love") on eMusic's Daily Download. The band has played to thousands of folks at recent festivals and Target and IBM have each featured their songs in their TV ad campaigns. They have just delivered Jupiter (2012): a revitalized full-length take on their 2009 mini-LP version of the album.
In the summer of 2007, in a house basement, Josh Hodges sat behind a stripped-down borrowed drumset with a loop pedal and a microphone with the simple goal of having fun with the young crowd gathered there for the show. A few short months later, a project invented solely out of the need for something different and new in his life had him sharing the stage with former Sexton Blake band-mate Ryan Biornstad (who has recently departed Starfucker to work on his solo material) and new friend Shawn Glassford to create a potent live show that is powerful enough to transcend the tongue-in-cheek quality behind the band's name. The addition of Keil Corcoran as full-time drummer freed-up both Shawn and Josh, whom previously shared duties sitting behind the kit. Together they gave a vivid four-dimensional geometry to Josh's songs.
After seeing Starfucker perform, Dylan Magierek of Badman Recording Co. was blown away. "Seeing them play for that first time was one of those very rare occasions when I immediately felt I had to work with these guys," recalls Magierek. "Their sound is absolutely infectious and they have all the elements I look for in a great band." Josh and Dylan (Mark Kozelek, Laura Gibson, Thao Nguyen ) went to work at Portland's Type Foundry studio to layer in some extras to Josh's home recordings, rounding out their debut self-titled album (released in September 2008) into a cohesive package of electro indie pop with a light hip-hop after-taste. It's like playing an 8-bit video game where your primary objective is to overcome heartbreak and an obsession with death, your only weapon a love laser mounted on a space bike that zaps out bright red blips and neon bleeps.
After playing sold out shows to frenetic all-age audiences in their hometown, Starfucker prepared to tour the country again in support of Jupiter , a dance mini-LP that they consider a sister to the debut. It was released on May 5, 2009 on Badman. The album gave listeners a chance to hear tracks previously dedicated solely to the live show. With the planet explorative patter well known on the last record, they reign in their synth-heavy beat machine dialect for a fresh outlook on what dance music sounds like in their part of the universe. This may be the music Josh was playing for his imaginary audience of aliens when he was a kid. It's poppy, it's catchy, and it's palatable, and that's a good thing. Jupiter was loved by many, but folks wanted more. So…
In 2011, Starfucker, went back to the studio to add some fresh touches to their 2009 mini-LP, Jupiter. By the end of the sessions the band added on three tunes and turned it into a full-length album. These additional tracks are ones that singer-founder Josh Hodges had originally placed in Jupiter’s song sequence a few years back. The new tunes are “Cemetery,” “Queen Latifah” and “Jamie.” This updated version of Jupiter is re-mastered and now has 11 songs, new mixes and new artwork. It is available on 180 gram vinyl through badmanrecordingco.com and will be in stores on January 10th, 2012. It is out now on digital sites including iTunes in North America.
Starfucker is currently touring Europe and will come back to the U.S. for three weeks of shows starting New Year’s Eve in Seattle, WA.
12.31 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile *
01.05 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium *
01.06 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
01.07 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
01.08 - Pomoma, CA @ The Glass House *
01.09 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
01.10 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
01.11 - Sante Fe, NM @ VFW *
01.13 - Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar *
01.15 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Upstairs *
01.17 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's *
01.18 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Engine Room *
01.19 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth *
01.20 - Miami, FL @ Bardot *
* w/Painted Palms