(Before you even start reading this go to STRFKR’s website and buy tickets to your local show immediately because some cities already sold out before the tour even started and chances are that your city will sell out by the time you’re done reading! You’ll thank me later.)

Last Wednesday night the electro-pop band STRFKR embarked on their highly anticipated 2016 tour at the entirely sold-out Glass House venue in Pomona, California. Since their epic NYE show in Los Angeles, the band has been preparing for a 16-show tour across the west coast and brought some friends along with them. The band Fake Drugs and producer Com Truise were invited to join their musical adventure, and they fit the part perfectly.

As the hoard of people began to swarm the venue, Com Truise kept the vibe very chill and the anticipation for STRFKR very high. Com stuck to a keyboard and a controller for over an hour to play downbeat melodic tracks. The music was slow and made the crowd sway from left to right. Although it wasn’t very dancey, I appreciated it in the end because everyone saved their energy for STRFKR’s jam-packed performance.

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Earlier that day, STRFKR released a new track “Never-Ever” and officially announced that the tour has begun!

The group from Portland that defined what it means to be a hipster took the stage with confidence and ensured the crowd that the next two hours of their lives were going to be full of love, rock, and dancing. The band consists of a drummer, two guitarists, a bassist that switch off using a synthesizer or controller. It was thoroughly impressive how their live performance sounded exactly like their recording, especially the vocals. Joshua Hodges, aka Sexton Blake consistently hits the high notes that define their songs like “While I’m Alive”, “Atlantis”, and, of course, the fan favorite cover of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”.

Having seen the band three times before in an outdoor festival setting, these intimate shows can’t compare to anything else. Although STRFKR is headlining their own tour, the band is still young and within these next few years you should expect to see them climb national and even global popularity. Now go out and buy yourself some goddamn tickets!

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