Painted Palms, Feelings

Wednesday 1/04

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The New Parish

Oakland, CA

$20.00 - $23.00

This event is all ages

Led by principal songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Hodges, Starfucker, a Portland, OR-based quartet, has received almost as much attention for its immensely accessible dance hooks than for its not-always-accessible moniker.

As Hodges admits, "I like, and have always liked, the idea of seeing what we could do with a stupid name like Starfucker."

Yet, despite selling out shows from coast to coast behind its critically acclaimed self-titled debut album and follow-up EP Jupiter, the members of Starfucker were constantly being told that their name was holding them back from bigger and better things. And so, at the insistence of those around them, the group invited fans to send in suggestions for a new name before finally settling on Pyramiddd. The change was short-lived.

Explains bassist Shawn Glassford, "That was definitely the low point for the band, but we wised up and took the power back. We're doing things our way again without anyone trying to pull our strings."

Having now firmly settled on Starfucker once again, the focus can now rightly return to what got people talking in the first place: their dancey, endlessly catchy, hook-laden pop.

And there's no better place for that conversation to begin than with "Julius" -- the first single from the band's upcoming full-length (to be released in early 2011 on Polyvinyl).

A darker and more groove oriented track than anything the band has recorded to date, the song was initially recorded in Hodges' bedroom before the band entered the Odditorium (the studio established by The Dandy Warhols) to add flourishes and finishing touches with producer Jacob Portrait (Mint Chicks, The Dandy Warhols).

At this point, it certainly feels like nothing can hold Starfucker back -- least of all its name.
Painted Palms
Painted Palms
Canopy is the debut EP from duo Painted Palms. With its echoes of Brill Building pop, buoyant electronics, and encompassing textural experimentation, the EP exudes something ebullient as well as meditative. Canopy is a modern psych-pop collage with an affinity for fluidity and the exotic.

Cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme are the creative force behind Painted Palms -- a duo in the studio that expands to a five-piece band for live shows. The two grew up together on the same block in Lafayette, Louisiana. After Donohue moved to the Bay Area in California for school, they spent several years exchanging music they had made by themselves--hypnotic sound experiments and song fragments. However, it wasn't until they both returned home for the winter break in 2009, that they began playing music together. They tried to make a song together for the first time. Two days later, they had completed "Falling Asleep," the only track on Canopy that was made while they were in the same room.

Soon thereafter, Donohue returned to the Bay Area and Prudhomme remained in Louisiana to complete his college education. Even after making "Falling Asleep", they never legitimately considered pursuing a musical collaboration because of their distance--until the possibility of collaborating over the internet came up in a phone call weeks later.

After several months of exchanging tracks and building songs, Canopy was finished. Soon after, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes heard Canopy and invited Painted Palms to act as main support for of Montreal on their 26-date North American tour.

Secretly Canadian Records
Venue Information:
The New Parish
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612