Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ryan Biornstad Leaves Starfucker

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 3:02 PM

After his arrest for jaywalking at SXSW, Portland electro-pop supahstahs Starfucker printed up T-shirts proclaiming "Free Ryan."

The Ryan in question, Ryan Biornstad, is now free, both of the charges and of the band. Starfucker announced his departure via the band's Facebook page on Aug. 2. Biornstad is leaving the group to pursue an as-yet-undefined solo project.

Online commenters have been lamenting the loss of the multi-instrumentalist both as a musical force and a hot piece of man-chicken:

"I'm literally going to cry right now," wrote Jessica Neuman.
"It wouldn't be Starfucker anymore," wrote Will Chien.
"But he was the hottest...," wrote Patrick Berry.

But not everyone thinks Biornstad's plan is a stellar one:

"Ryan, I wish you the best of luck pursuing your own musical career, but honestly I think it is a dumb move," wrote Justen Hundley.

The band attempted to assuage fans' fears that without Biornstad—whose strong stage presence and muti-instrumental work was as close to a frontman as the band had—things would fall apart.

"Nothing is going to change as far as Starfucker's music," the band wrote. "Josh Hodges is solely responsible for writing our music. And records almost all of the records himself. Don't be scared."

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