It's been a while since I've found myself obsessed with robots and outer-space, yet recently, I was at first delighted to stumble upon Stuporhero's latest release, Last Star Shining. This Seattle-born trio of music and life partners Will Troy and Jen Garrett and Chuckles—a Portland, Ore. native often found modeling clothing in the windows of retail stores; aka a mannequin—brings listeners back to a time when naive optimism colored our experiences. Word on the street is Stuporhero's punky-fuzzy-pop style has taken Seattle's indie rockers by surprise—winning fans across many genres.
The robotic melodies in Last Star initially made me a little crazy but I was pleasantly surprised by the satirical flavor and self-affirming lyrics of the final song (plus bonus track). Most likely finding root in the band's musical heritage, "Punk Like You" concludes the album by chanting, "You can't tell me who I'm supposed to be / It can only come from inside me." If that weren't enough to make you run home and hug yourself, the bonus track brings you to your knees. A beautiful chorus of "Let your freak flag fly" equates to Stuporhero personally sending out a kiss-sealed love-note exclaiming, "I'm cool and so are you ... Let's be friends."
Being a cynic at heart, Stuporhero's optimism put me in a funk. Only when rescued by the final track of this ambitiously bright album did I truly start to enjoy the band's satire-meets-pop-meets-space cadet tone. And from what I hear, Chuckles rocks the drums.