On the radio, we know them as "Star-effer," while in print it's the vowel-less, consonant-centric STRKFR that makes due. For a while there, they were Pyramiddd, then just Pyramid, but neither stuck. More recently, the Portland band founded as a solo project by Josh Hodges decided to deal whatever self-imposed limitations their chosen name presents and go with their collective heart. Or is that hrt?
Whatever the name, they've always had a way with hooks. Their just-released third record, Miracle Mile (out this week on Polyvinyl) is once again full of them-- although dance-y as the music might be, there are enough minor keys to provide a tinge of melancholy here and there. Summer jams, yes, but last summer's jams, heard now in the dead of winter after your summer girlfriend dumped you. Or whatever. Maybe that's just me.
The gentlemen of STRFKR celebrated new release day today by sharing this new video for "Atlantis," directed by Vice Cooler. It doesn't exactly take us to long-lost isles, although we do peer into some kind of alter-universe. Los Angeles, perhaps? Or maybe it was the water?
STRFKR plays a hometown show to kick off their upcoming tour, February 27th at the Roseland.