Music staffer Ally Marcus hit up Grand Central to see STRFKR, read up about her experience!
STRFKR's show at Grand Central last Tuesday night was half electro-pop rock concert, half party. The band and the crowd exuded energy throughout the night. Opening for Strfckr was Chrome Sparks, a three-piece electronic rock band who really blew me away. They rarely used vocals, but their instrumentals were spot on. All three men were clearly talented musicians and they kept the audience engaged and begging for more, which is rare for an opening act. It was actually one of the first times I had ever heard an audience chant for an encore from an opening band that virtually no one in the crowd had previously heard of. They were quite impressive, as were the headliners.
At the start of their set, STRFKR lead singer Josh Hodges came out on stage in drag which really should’ve told me something about how the rest of the show was going to go. Their set began in a very chill manner. The band didn’t do anything too crazy and the audience was content with bopping their heads, singing along, and occasionally dancing to the beat. About halfway through the set, however, the band decided to change it up. People dressed up in strange costumes, such as bunnies, astronauts, and horses, came on stage and started dancing and dumping garbage bags full of balloons all over the crowd. The astronaut leapt into the masses of people in front of the stage to crowd surf multiple times as the band stepped up their game and played their best party songs. The crowd ate it up and all too soon the show was over. That is, until the encore when Strfckr played an interesting (and frankly better than the original) cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The best advice I can give to anyone going to a Strfckr show for the first time is to expect the unexpected.