STRFKR

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
9:00PM
Cost: 
$22 Advance, $23 Day of Show

On Saturday, September 7, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes STRFKR back to the WOW Hall.

Since their last WOW Hall show in February of 2016, STRFKR has relentlessly toured across the globe, delivering a guaranteed non-stop dance party.  With five proper albums, the band has a wealth of dance party hits at their disposal and their career-spanning live set is a sweat drenched laser soaked affair highlighted by their homemade light show.

STRFKR began as a vehicle for Josh Hodges' songwriting but shortly after transformed into a full-fledged band with members Shawn Glassford and Keil Corcoran as well as additional rotating touring members. 

Last year the band released Being No One, Going Nowhere (REMIXES), which features every song on STRFKR's latest full-length remixed by Chrome Sparks, Xiu Xiu, Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas, Geographer, and more!

Released in November 2016, Being No One, Going Nowhere is an invitation to get blissfully insignificant.  That's what Hodges aimed to do when he exiled himself to the desert to create this record, but he returned with his most significant work yet: a set of darkly glistening dance songs rife with sticky beats, earworming hooks, philosophical heft, and bittersweet beauty.

On 2013's Miracle MileSTRFKR refined a full-band sound, but this doubles down on and completely re-imagines the project's electronic and pop roots.  It isn't that the band sat this LP out, but Being No One, Going Nowhere was born in Joshua Tree after Hodges packed up his Los Angeles apartment and moved to that tiny Mojave outpost under the great big sky.

“It came together for me in the desert," he says. "Out there, it's easy to feel small and slow."

When Hodges started STRFKR in 2007, it was designed to be success-proof.  The name was both unfit for radio and a jab at fame-chasers.  But the project was also meant to be bright, playful and brimming with energy. He stumbled upon a winning juxtaposition that's a STRFKR staple to this day: dark (or heavy) lyrics set to happy music.  English thinker/writer Alan Watts, a scholar of Eastern philosophy, appears on nearly every STRFKR release. That's him on "interspace”, talking about sloughing off preconceived identity to find one's place in the universe, which is the story of Hodges' eventual career: stop trying—no, start not trying—and succeed.

The live setup these days includes a custom-made LED wall and a homemade light show that syncs with the rhythm of the songs (also, the occasional crowd-surfing astronaut and band-in-drag).  Even if Hodges is too busy pushing the future of indie dance-pop forward to possibly attain his goal of unplugging, his aspiration is everything: "Existing is it. This moment is enough."

Tickets are $22 in advance, $23 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.