When new band Starf***er plays, some will not go see the band because of their name, and some will do just the opposite. To those who ignore the books and their covers adage and stay away, know this: If you like bright, well-conceived, multi-instrumental, cleverly arranged pop music, you are missing out on what promises to be a hell of a show.
Starf***er hails from Portland, Ore., and is the brainchild of 29-year-old Josh Hodges. Hodges said the genesis for Starf***er was mainly that he wanted to make music that was fun to play live. He wrote and recorded the band's self-titled debut album alone—possibly part of the reason he describes his dancey music as "bedroom pop"—but live shows include bandmates Ryan Biornstad and Shawn Glassford enlisting everything from drums, guitar, bass and keyboards to hand claps, loops and tape noise. Hodges' voice is buried under layers of sound like a fossil trapped in soil strata, giving it the same weight of the other instruments in the songs, little more, little less.
Hodges said he chose the name for the band because he liked the concept of a starf***er; he said he finds it hilarious that someone would have sex with celebrities just because of their celebrity status (and that he didn't even know the Nine Inch Nails song, "Starf***ers, Inc." existed). Visit myspace.com/starf***erss.com (without the asterisks) and check out "Hard Smart Beta," which would have fit seamlessly on the Xanadu soundtrack, or the percussion-and-guitar laden "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second" and then decide for yourself what's in a name.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 9 p.m., with guests, $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.