By Victoria Roxanne Hill
The Portland indie pop group STRFKR concluded their tour this past Saturday. Before their Friday, March 22 show at Paper Tiger, I was able to sit down with lead singer Josh Hodges and chat for a minute about this tour, their 10-year anniversary tour last year and what they’re looking forward to this coming year.
Each tour comes with its own unexpected turn of events. One of the highlights this go around was when they picked up a dog from the side of the road. Being the animal lovers that they are, they felt compelled to take in this stray. Unfortunately, due to their constant traveling from the tour and the compact tour bus they were in, the guys were unable to take the fella on the road with them. They were thankfully able to find a generous new family for the sweet pup.
The concert opened with LA-based DJ and producer, Daniel T (@cosmicdan on Instagram). His groovy set featured samples from ’80s music to fellow musicians in the LA area. About a foot away from me was a group that got a little too into the music and ended up bumping heads. They were able to dance through the minor collision after joking about it.
After the approximate hour-long DJ set, the members of STRFKR emerged in blue knee-length coats accompanied by the blonde shoulder length wig and bulky sunglasses worn by lead singer Hodges. They began the set with their song “Tape Machine” off the 2016 album Being No One, Going Nowhere. On the sixth song in they threw it back to the 2008 fan-favorite self titled album. They played five songs back-to-back off this album that were curated perfectly together starting with the more somber sounding “Isabella of Castile” and ending with the thick drum beat and falsetto vocals of “U Ba Khin.”
There were surprises with each new song. An astronaut or two would come out and shoot confetti out of a pressurized gun here and there. By the last two party anthems, their “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” cover and “While I’m Alive” the space crew multiplied. While three of them danced their hearts out on stage, one of them floated through the crowd on an inflatable swan pool float.
Members of STRFKR and opener Daniel T. were more than happy to meet with fans at the merch table after the show. The musicians carried on with the night by hosting an afterparty DJ set across the street. Unfortunately, this was a 21+ event so I had to whistle my merry way home to San Marcos.
This was the last leg of the tour for STRFKR. On the bright side, if you’re in the California area from May third through the ninth, you can check them out at locations throughout the state. On that May third weekend they will be playing in the Just Like Heaven music festival with all your favorite indie bands from the late 2000s.
A big thanks again to Josh Hodges for taking a couple minutes to sit down and talk about the tour with me! If you want to hear more about the concert, check out my interview and quick recap of the concert on YouTube.
Featured image by Victoria Roxanne Hill.