Just a few months ago, Portland-based electronic outlet STRFKR (otherwise known as Starf**ker) concluded day one of Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music Festival at the Fountain Lawn Stage. The spectacle set hundreds, if not thousands of feet dancing on the grassy and concrete floors of the park, all followed by an eruption from fans for an encore. STRFKR’s set ended all too soon – but now they are back, sure to give those longing for more a New Year’s to remember at The Crocodile. This year STRFKR celebrated the release of their sophomore album, Reptilians, which had their sound compared by many to the likes of the synth-spacey tunes of early MGMT. Reptilians’ theme was heavily about death and the end of the world, but the atmosphere of the songs on the album would suggest the exact opposite. The album brought STRFKR’s catchy tunes in full swing, instilling the idea that without death one cannot fully appreciate life. If you didn’t grab tickets to this sold out show on New Year’s Eve, we’ve got a pair for you to win! Look below for instructions on how to win the pair of tickets – and come dance like it’s your last night on earth with STRFKR at The Crocodile this New Year’s!
Hitting the stage prior to STRFKR is the incredibly appropriate and complimentary trio Champagne Champagne. Self-described “punk-rap-shoegazers,” Champagne Champagne also took the stage at this year’s Bumbershoot Music Festival, where they were one of the most impressive daytime performances. During STRFKR’s set at Bumbershoot, Champagne Champagne shared the stage for a live version of “Dragon Queens,” which can be found on Champagne Champagne and STRFKR’s split 7” Dragon Queens EP, created after their 2011 tour together. Other Pacific Northwest collaborations include an improv jam between Champagne Champagne and Seattle indie-rockers Ravenna Woods at this year’s Doe Bay Festival. Whether connecting with other worthwhile acts or performing on their own, Champagne Champagne bring an astounding energy between their two emcees Pearl Dragon and Sir Thomas Gray, all tied together with the band’s multi-instrumentalist and producer DJ Gajamagic (whom you may recognize for his work in The Blood Brothers and Past Lives). Come toast the night off right by not missing musical support this New Year’s Eve from Champagne Champagne!
Beginning the live festivities for the night we have the highly energized and multi-genre local act Noddy. Each member of the five-piece band take turns multi-tasking throughout their live performances, where each eventually lends a hand at vocals. These vocals change stylistically from song to song and sometimes verse to verse – where you may find yourself believing you’re comfortable with the rock ‘n’ roll turn they’ve taken only to find yourself next in a refreshing hip hop verse. Last but not least, Noddy is pop. Noddy takes pop’s extremes and pushes them in faces with their own electro elements and interactivity with their audience. Expect to see at least one crowd interaction as Noddy is likely to try to start off the dance partying for the night by jumping in with everyone on The Crocodile’s floor!