STRFKR is an indie rock band from Portland Oregon. It began in 2007 as a solo project of Joshua Hodges.
Members include Joshua Hodges of Sexton Blake (vocals, keyboards, guitar, drums), Shawn Glassford (bass, keyboards, drums), Keil Corcoran (drums, keyboards, vocals), and Patrick Morris, formerly of Strength (guitar, keyboard, vocals).
Prior to forming Starfucker, Hodges released a solo album titled Sexton Blake and followed up with an album released under the band name “Sexton Blake” entitled Plays The Hits! Both albums were released on Expunged Records. During this time Corcoran was the drummer for Vegas-based grindcore band The Weirding Way.
The name Starfucker started off as a joke by Sam Norris, an early patron of the band, but the band’s success under the name grew rapidly. In response to this success, and with the guidance of a business agent, they briefly changed their name to Pyramiddd, before changing their name back.
Further explaining the band’s name, Josh Hodges said: “I was around all these people who were kind of douchey, the kind of people I would never hang out with, and one of them bragged about being a ‘starfucker.’ I thought, ‘Who are these people? What is this world?’ That’s why I chose the name: because it represented all I didn’t want to be a part of, all I didn’t want to do. So it does hold us back, but that was the point, originally.” They have also explained it is to keep themselves from taking themselves too seriously as a band and get involved in social politics in the music industry: “I got kind of sick of the idea of success through music or something, so that’s how STRFKR was born. I had this other band and the label it was on had this vision for it and I wasn’t that into it. So I just kind of quit doing that and I was still making music in my basement. It’s just something I always will do whether I’m showing it to other people or not and that’s what STRFKR was. I was like, let’s just do this at house parties. I was trying to remove myself from that rat race or whatever.”
Hodges describes the goal of the band’s music as “dance music that you can actually listen to, that’s good pop songs, but also you can dance to it.”. Another defining characteristic is their lyrics, which often discuss death, mortality, and the end of the world but doing so over upbeat and popular dance music. Samples from lectures by Alan Watts are spliced into several of their songs, including “Florida,” “Isabella of Castile,” “Medicine,” “Pistol Pete,” “Mystery Cloud,” “Golden Light,” “Hungry Ghost”, “Interspace” and “Quality Time”.
The band, notably bassist Shawn Glassford, has earned a reputation for wearing women’s clothing during live performances, as was prominently displayed in the band’s music video for the song “German Love”, directed by Rebecca Micciche. This is used in harmony with their “anti-fashion” approach to music. However, most of their music videos are not made with much of the band’s actual involvement or appearance.