Q&A

STRFKR's Josh Hodges on Conspiracy Theories, Getting Down, and Not Taking It Too Seriously (But Still Kind of Seriously)

There's a curious balance at work in the music of Oregon's Starfucker (STRFKR, for the less profane), a mix of the dark and dancey, as evidenced on the band's 2011 album Reptilians, and the track "Death as a Fetish" in particular.

Over bouncy beats and buoyant synth, singer Josh Hodges sing's "I'll never be good enough," but the pulse of the track makes critical observation feel like something other than the main goal -- thought those Alan Watts samples seem to indicate a deeper thought process than the celebrity-trash name suggests.

"You can be at a party, like when we played house shows," says songwriter Josh Hodges over the phone. "And just want to dance and get down, and hear those samples and someone wants to know what that is. That's something that has more meaning, and there's deeper meaning in everything."

Hodges and I discussed his fascination with conspiracy theories (just me -- the Reptilian thing is pretty hilarious and far out), achieving a balance between thinking indie rock and booty shaking dance music, and what the next STRFKR album might sound like.

STRFKR is scheduled to perform Tuesday, January 10, at Crescent Ballroom.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.