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Starfucker + Champagne Champagne

Tuesday, April 26

Crocodile

One thing Seattle and Portland don't have to disagree over is a hyper-enthusiastic love for Starfucker. Last

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Last Night at the Crocodile: Champagne Champagne, Starfucker, and a Whole Lot of Brotherly Love

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Starfucker + Champagne Champagne

Tuesday, April 26

Crocodile

One thing Seattle and Portland don't have to disagree over is a hyper-enthusiastic love for Starfucker. Last night's Crocodile show sold out, and Ryan Biornstad greeted the audience by saying, "It feels nice to be sort of home." Starfucker is just wrapping up a month-long tour with Champagne Champagne (who probably deserve just as much credit for the show's draw), and it seems that the two outfits had a really good time in each other's company. Pearl Dragon sported a T-shirt emblazoned with the words FREE RYAN (commemorating, of course, Biornstad's mysterious arrest at SXSW last month). Toward the end of their hour-long opening set, Champagne Champagne called Starfucker onstage and presented them with a giant gold athletic trophy.

"They're the champions of something," said Thomas Gray before the local trio launched into a new number, written just weeks before in their tour van, that went a little something like this: "I'm looking for a starfucker/To fuck me and my star brothers." In other words, this tour was such a good time that songs were written about it.

After a strange extended prelude--a tape of someone named Ollie making prank calls demanding to know who everyone was voting for (some audience members started booing after a few minutes of this)--Starfucker took the stage for a set that split pretty evenly between songs from their 2009 debut and from their newest release, the effulgent Reptilians.

Starfucker showed no signs of tour fatigue, instead appearing to be at the top of their game. Twinkling green and red stars danced over them, Biornstad's and Josh Hodges' vocals were fluid and alive, the two drum kits were explosive, the keyboards sounded celestial, and the new Reptilians songs went off particularly well. What songs like "Astoria" and the opulent "Julius" lost in smooth polish, they gained in added momentum--the band applied the same energy to them as to wilder numbers like "Medicine" and "Boy Toy." My only disappointment was that they skipped my favorite song from Reptilians, "Death as a Fetish," but that song would have been too gloomy for the festive atmosphere of last night's show.

After an encore of crowd-pleasers "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Dance Face 2000," Starfucker returned the earlier favor by bringing Champagne Champagne back onstage and performing two more custom-made tunes with them, closing the night with one number that mainly consisted of Pearl and Biornstad climbing out into the audience and shouting "Champagne Champagne!," splashed with a couple of "Starfucker!"s and, of course, "Free Ryan!"s.

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