Portland’s off-beat dance/pop act Starfucker has come to the realization that their band name is hindering them from getting bigger than they are. There’s the whole problem with not being on the radio or not having their CD sold in certain stores, ad naseum.
And so they have decided to change it, which means a few things: 1) fans will get to pick their new name, 2) It won’t be nearly as awesome as the name they have now, and 3) Probably best to snatch up some Starfucker merchandise before it becomes gone forever.
I get the move, but part of the band’s appeal, aside from the catchy music and great live shows, was their ambivalence towards any sort of success — they gave themselves a difficult band name, wore goofy costumes to their lives shows, etc.
The band released a statement today explaining the plan: “The truth is we never thought we’d make it this far with Starfucker. It started as just a fun little house-show project, but now that we have the opportunity to do this full-time, travel and continue making music, we don’t feel like the name makes sense anymore.”
The band has encouraged fans to send them ideas for a new name through its MySpace page. The fan whose idea Starfucker adopts will win a Starfucker concert at his or her house.
Starfucker will be touring through the fall before heading back to the studio with its new moniker. Tour Dates are as follows:
12 – Morrison, Colo. @ Monolith Festival
14 – Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Nuttys
16 – Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
17 – Urbana, Ill. @ Pygmalion Festival
18 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Brillobox
19 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Mohawk
21 – Boston, Mass. @ Middle East Upstairs
22 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Bruar Falls
23 – New York, N.Y. @ Santo’s Party House
25 – Haverford, Pa. @ Lunt Basement, Bryn Mawr College
26 – Durham, N.C. @ Duke Coffee House
28 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The End
30 – Denton, Texas @ Hailey’s
1 – Austin, Texas @ Mohawk
4 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Modified Arts
5 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Loft
6 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Echo
7 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bottom of the Hill
9 – Seattle, Wash. @ Vera Project
10 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Biltmore Cabaret