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.

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