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STRFKR Brings a Little Death to the Dancefloor…Or, Reptilians is the Dream Realized!

Portland, Oregon’s Starfucker may have to fuck themselves after their third full-length entitled Reptilians drops March 8th on PolyvinylI say this because this album could very well elevate them into the upper echelon of today’s indie “stars”. Reptilians is a departure from 2009’s Jupiter in that it uses more traditional rock instrumentation to create their electro-disco carnival. Make no mistake this record is built for the dance floor. Produced by Jacob Portrait (Mint Chicks, The Dandy Warhols) at the Dandy Warhols' studio the Odditorium, finds Joshua Hodges (vocals, keyboards, guitar, drums), Ryan Biornstad (guitar, keyboard, vocals, turntables), Shawn Glassford (bass, keyboards, drums), and Keil Corcoran (drums, keyboards, vocals) creating a record that will make you want to dance but also make you listen to what you're dancing to. Standout tracks like "Mona Vegas" have a great groove with a subdued grace. "Millions" is more reminiscent of previous STRFKR jams, but not as "spazzy" as past efforts. "Quality Time" drives to a house beat with some nice melodic builds, while "Julius", the first single off Reptilians, has more of a straight-ahead dance-pop feel. I just don't remember STRFKR sounding this much like a band with instruments and not people with laptops.  This is a really strong effort from tops to tails!  I hear bits of the less grating aspects of Crystal Castles copulating with MGMT. The indie tastemakers at Pitchfork described STRFKR as being, "like a combination of Chromeo and ELO, indulging in theatrical silliness while conjuring sugary pop hooks... providing a kinetic, anything-can-happen energy." That is the sound of Reptilians in a nutshell. Front man Josh Hodges wrote most of the album, described as "happy music about death." A literary metaphor for orgasm is “the little death” and Starfucker has created an album worthy of a “little death”.

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