Funny story: My friend Ryan and I play a game called Tagpro, it's essentially capture the flag turned into a computer game. We were put into a game with a person who had the username "STRFKR" for their Tagpro character. We mentioned that we would be going to the concert in Boulder to him and he replied with "Cool cya there, ask for Josh or Tom when you're in there." Lo and behold the guy behind the STRFKR Tagpro character was actually STRFKR's touring keyboardist. Okay, now to the actual concert.
The concert began with STRFKR's drummer's solo project "Fake Drugs". Fake Drugs brought a cool grungy, punk twist to very STRFKR sounding songs. I began to dig it immediately, I could really tell that Keil Corcoran (Fake Drugs) took his music seriously and was an incredible musician. From his bass heavy synth sounds to his ambient guitar sounds, Fake Drugs was able to keep the audience's attention from the beginning of his set to the end.
Com Truise took the stage next, and I must say that I was in awe when he came out. The stage set that he had set up along with his synth wave music made for quite the show. There was a projector set up behind the crowd that projected onto a large screen that Com Truise had behind him. The mixture of these images, the music, and the smokiness of the Boulder Theater really made for one of the coolest concert vibes that I had ever been apart of. Com Truise's music makes you want to dance around and just have a good time with the people around you. This is exactly what my friends and I did. We allowed ourselves to get lost in his music and for everyone to come together and just have a great time. It seemed as though Fake Drugs and Com Truise were carefully picked to perform before STRFKR, by the end of Com Truise everyone knew that Com Truise had set an extremely high bar but we also knew that STRFKR was next and that they would be able to raise the bar even higher.
STRFKR knows how to bring about an unreal amount of suspense to their concerts. I believe their intro music was on for at least 15-20 minutes before they actually walked out onto the stage. Needless to say we were all ready for them. As soon as they took the stage there was an eruption of applause that lasted for quite some time. STRFKR opened with their song "Boy Toy" and began to move into songs off of Miracle Mile such as "Malmo", "Beach Monster", "YAYAYA", and "Sazed". They mixed some of their classics into their set, exciting the crowd with songs like "Julius", "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second", and their brand new song "Never Ever". At this point in their set they were joined on stage by dancers dressed in astronaut suits and alien suits who tried their hardest to break the musicians concentration, which was actually hilarious. As their set went on the vibe of the concert changed. They started their set with a sort of groovy vibe, playing more of their "chill" songs. They slowly began to transition to some of their faster, dance songs. And when I say dance songs, I mean it. They had everybody in the venue dancing together, and created a super fun vibe. They stopped their songs in order to inform us that they wanted to play a few covers for us. They broke out their legendary "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" cover and followed it up with "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League and "Blue Monday" by New Order. At this point they had played a total of 20 songs and I knew it was coming to an end. They ended their set with "While I'm Alive" getting everyone on their feet and leaving everyone wanting more when they walked off the stage. Of course, when they walked off the stage everyone continued to applaud and we all began to ask for a couple more songs. They fulfilled our request, walking back out onto the stage and playing "Pop Song", followed with "Bury Us Alive" and finally closing with "Leave It All Behind".
I definitely suffered from post concert depression after this one. As soon as they walked off the stage I was upset and wanted more. But to be fair they had played a total of 24 songs which is twice as many songs as a normal band's setlist. This was a concert to remember, my friends and I had a blast. I've never done so much dancing at a concert before, they were able to keep everyone on their feet and moving. Which is something I don't experience very often at a concert. STRFKR is a must see and it's definitely safe to say that my friends and I got STRFKD.
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Chris Ripple & Grant Müehlstein