STRFKR, Holy Wave, Happy Sad Face

Fri Sep 20 2024

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Fete Music Hall

103 Dike Street Providence, RI 02909

$26.00 - $86.00

All Ages

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STRFKR, Holy Wave, Happy Sad Face

  • STRFKR

    STRFKR

    Alternative Rock

    In a journey that’s been taking new directions since it started, every step of the way has led
    STRFKR to Parallel Realms. The band’s energetic, danceable pop has assumed many forms
    since they first emerged in 2007, always reliably delivering unshakeable melodies and
    larger-than-life anthems infused with intellectually challenging lyrics. In recent years, STRFKR
    explored more experimental waters when they constructed a fuzzy dream world with their
    home-recorded 2020 album Future Past Life or subtracted structure entirely from fully
    instrumental collection Ambient 1. New album Parallel Realms finds yet another path,
    redefining the kind of direct, high-impact songwriting that’s long been the core of the band’s
    strongest material. Streamlined and immediate, the album distills STRFKR’s 15 plus years of
    artistic growth without forfeiting any of the perspective they’ve gained along the way. It’s their
    clearest, most organized, and most exciting work yet.
    As with many other albums, Parallel Realms started with sorting through a mountain of ideas
    looking for inspiration. While combing through stacks of partially-realized demos, it became
    clear that the most interesting songs all had a consistent playfulness to them. A through-line of
    upbeat fun gradually came into view, with a joyous vibe that sometimes bordered on ‘80s synth
    pop euphoria. STRFKR followed this impulse further, digging back through their archives to
    seek out songs that hadn’t made sense until now, but matched the specific uplifting feeling that
    was becoming the connective tissue for the new album.
    Subconscious lyrical patterns started arising, as well, repeatedly circling back to the idea of how
    different people can experience the same thing from wildly different emotional vantage points.
    This kind of parallel intake served as the inspiration for many of the songs, and ultimately the
    title of the album. Songs gelled around this concept quickly. Relentlessly hooky, “Together
    Forever” uses its rubbery bass line and melodic instrumentation to express different sides of the
    frustration and satisfaction of love. “Holding On” ping-pongs through tormented indecision
    about keeping a relationship alive or letting it go with a dreamy instrumental that sounds like
    sunbeams tearing apart the sky. Dark-yet-bubbly single “Armatron” evolves from tension to
    tenderness, mirroring a heated lover’s argument that settles into softness when tempers cool.
    This is reflected in how the song’s sassiness transitions into a more introspective feel in its
    second half, and is one of many moments on the album that STRFKR arrived at through
    heightened collaboration, not just between the band members, but with valuable input from
    network of trusted friends and advisors. For a band used to getting into the weeds with their
    highly controlled writing process, everything fell into place almost a little too effortlessly. At
    some point, though, they made a conscious decision to step out of their own way, not
    overcomplicate things, and just let the album come together around this new, singular energy.
    This approach continued into the album’s recording phase. The band returned to the
    stripped-down mindset they’d used when making Future Past Life, but instead of that record’s
    psychedelic blurriness, they applied uncluttered, no-nonsense arrangements to electro-pop
    bangers. The abrupt gear-shifting and experimental detours of previous albums are reshaped
    into concise, song-serving flashes. Minute-long ambient interludes provide palate cleansers
    between immediately catchy floor-filling dance tracks, and neither overstay their welcome. What
    really rocketed the album past the finish line was handing over mixing duties to Chris Coady
    (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead). This marked the most hands-off STRFKR

    has ever been with the final step of any of their records, relinquishing control and just letting
    Coady work his magic. This followed Parallel Realms’ tendency toward collective creation, and
    Coady’s mixing rivaled anything the band had achieved before. The rhythm sections are huge,
    the hooks are crystalline, and the entire album gels into a cohesive, dynamic whole. Gone are
    any hints of “indie” caliber production; these songs sound enormous, with a level of glitter that
    contends with modern commercial radio hits.
    More than anything STRFKR has made before, Parallel Realms carries a triumphant sense of
    renewal. Though never implicitly stated, the elevated sound, straightforward songwriting, and
    especially unclouded vision of the album all convey the feeling of breaking through to new
    possibilities. Somehow, this many years into an ever-changing evolution, STRFKR has made
    some of their most accessible music yet while still furthering the introspective thinking and
    self-imposed challenges that have always pushed their art forward. Parallel Realms courses with
    positivity even in its heaviest moments. It sounds incredible, it encapsulates untold hours of
    multiple lives committed to making beauty out of song, and above anything else, it feels
    wonderful.
  • Holy Wave

    Holy Wave

    Neo-Psychedelia

  • Happy Sad Face

    Happy Sad Face

    Neo-Psychedelia

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STRFKR, Holy Wave, Happy Sad Face

Fri Sep 20 2024 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Fete Music Hall Providence RI
STRFKR, Holy Wave, Happy Sad Face

$26.00 - $86.00 All Ages

VIP Package includes
- Exclusive Signed Poster 
- Exclusive Tote Bag
- Exclusive Pin 
- Early venue access (1 hour early entry and early merch shopping)
- Meet & Greet w/ STRFKR (photo and signing)

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