DJ Splanky and DJ Catwoman’s Review of STRFKR’s Eugene Concert!

It may have been a few weeks ago, but the memory is fresh in our minds – STRFKR‘s most recent trip to Eugene, performing at WOW Hall with Com Truise and Fake Drugs. DJ Splanky and DJ Catwoman are here with the full report.

People were tripping up and tripping out at the STRFKR concert on February 17th at the WOW Hall. There is no doubt in our minds that this was the best concert of the month.


STRFKR had two openers, Fake Drugs and Com Truise. Fake Drugs was honestly not too much to write home about. This band only played a couple unmemorable songs and dipped out. They had some good beats, but their stage presence was all but nonexistent, and the crowd was moving like a pile of rocks. Fake Drugs is a synth-pop duo consisting of Matt Fuchs and Keil Cocoran. The duo have been close pals of STRFKR since the band took them under their wing in the Portland indie/synth-pop scene, and in the last five years they have appeared regularly on tours together. They gained some minor popularity with the release of their debut album, Drake Fugs, in 2010, and just recently released a new album titled Glass Eyes which they had been teasing at with demo releases for a couple of years. Hopefully by spending time touring with this new album, they will hone their style and be able to get audiences engaged in their music.

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Com Truise was the second opener, and played enough music to more than make up for the lackluster performance of Fake Drugs. Com brought a style that he calls “mid-fi synth wave” and “slow-motion funk”, which translated to something like rad EDM jams with old video game sound effects mixed in. His tunes would make a killer soundtrack to a retro video game. He obviously has a deep love for the dusty, crass synthesizer sounds of the 80s, which he coupled with dark, bass-drum heavy trance beats to create a sound that was both nostalgic and futuristic. Com Truise is the stage name of Seth Haley, who prior to his music career was an art director and drum and bass DJ. He currently has two albums out, Galactic Melt and In Decay. His visual show consisted of projected images of moving shapes like the ones on the Galactic Melt album cover, and of tropical birds, which the crowd really got into. While it was really cool that he was remixing on the spot, he never acknowledged the crowd or said a word. It would have been nice to at least give a shout out to Eugene or something. His music was pretty fun to dance to though, which was especially noted by the crowd. There was an entire group next to us that was getting their interpretative dancing on – simply spectacular.


Com Truise left without a word and literally disappeared into the night. It wasn’t long afterwards that STRFKR came on at long last. It was such a thrill to hear them live. Sometimes you can find yourself disappointed at a concert because it turns out the vocalist or instrumentalists sound subpar and out of tune. This was not the case here. STRFKR pulled out an excellent live show that mixed light squares on the wall and sex dolls in the crowd. One of the band members even dressed up as an astronaut, got a raft, and literally rode the wave of the crowd. It is clear that their fame and relentless international touring has made them strong performers, and the quality of their music told you that these guys were extremely familiar with their material, and had rehearsed their songs to the point of perfection. One of the reviewers remembers seeing the band in Portland in early 2012, after the release of Reptillians. They were extremely fun to see back then as well, but lacked the polish that comes with performing night after night. Four years later at the WOW hall, they appeared much more comfortable as a band, and rocked a finely tuned set that had equal parts of new dopeness and classic bangers. It was so awesome to hear Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second and While I’m Alive live. They played lots of songs from their latest album, including Stay With You and Alantis, which was really great. They also pulled out plenty of fan favorites, like Bury us Alive and Pop Song. Their newest album by the way, Miracle Mile, is absolutely terrific. We highly recommend it. All in all, this was an unbelievably awesome show and they can’t come back soon enough.

DJ Spotlight: DJ Dadcore of Dadcore Radio

Name & Show: DJ Dadcore of Dadcore Radio

Show Time: Fridays 4:00-6:00 pm, Winter 2016

Hometown: Bellingham, Washington

Show description: One hour of jazz and usually one hour of empowered females in music although that sometimes changes depending on the mood of the day.

Artists commonly played on show: Roy Hargrove, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Kamasi Washington, Christian Scott, Wynton Marsalis, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Chastity Belt, Girl Pool, Hinds, Bully, Lower Dens, The Internet, Mombutt, Learning Team, Washed Out, Beach house, WU LYF, Ought, Mac Demarco, Beach Fossils, Alex G, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala, D’Angelo, Frank Ocean.

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How long have you been a DJ? I was hired spring term of last school year (2015)

Top 5 albums of 2015:
Currents by Tame Impala, The Epic by Kamasi Washington, To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar, Comme Ca by Dominique Dumont, Depression Cherry by Beach House, and New Alhambra by Elvis Depressedly

What made you want to be a DJ?
There is a local student run college radio station much like KWVA in my home town of Bellingham called KUGS 89.3. I would listen to it all the time. In a way it kind of unknowingly soundtracked my years there. They always had a way to playing just the right song at just the right time. Once I found out there was a student run station here at the UO, I applied as quickly as I could.

Tell us your favorite memory as a DJ.
That’s a hard one. If I had to pick one though it would be during my first show solo. My first few shows to start out were from 2-4am friday mornings. I kind of assumed there weren’t going to be many people tuning in. But I guess at some point I announced that it was my first solo show and at 3:45am this guy called in and said I was doing a good job and to “keep it up”. That guy should get a gold star.

What makes your show unique?
I don’t know if theres much unconditionally unique about my show but I try to do as much research on the artist I’m playing as I can. There is more that goes into an album than you may think.

How did you come up with your DJ name and/or show name?
Sitting around bored in my dorm room. I think it originally came from a friend and I trying to describe the fashion style of the charters in the movie Her directed by Spike
Jonze (great movie) but pretty soon after that my whole dorm was using it to describe my friend and me.

Dream guest to have on your show?
Fela Kuti. That man has all the knowledge.

Any influences for your show or as a DJ?
Listening to The Great DJ BANDINO gave me something to aspire to. DJ Ginja taught me how to set the vibe and DJ Nice Dynamite inspired me to play more Jazz on my show.

Listen to a sample playlist by DJ Dadcore here!

Thanks, DJ Dadcore! If you’re interested in being the next DJ in the spotlight, contact