Sexton Blake (band)
|Origin||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, indie pop|
Members include frontman Josh Hodges, Ryan Biornstad, Tom Homolya, and Tim Edgar. Hodges, along with Biornstad, are also members of Portland-based band Starfucker (also known as STRFKR). Starfucker has released four full-length albums with Polyvinyl Records. Biornstad left Starfucker in 2011.
Sexton Blake's debut, eponymous album was recorded in New York City and released in 2004 as a solo project by Hodges, who then moved to Portland and started the band by the same name.
In 2006, Sexton Blake were featured on the album To Elliott, from Portland, a tribute album to Portland singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, performing a cover of "Rose Parade". The Washington Post described the band's performance as "faithful to the original's fragile aesthetic, if not [the] exact sound."
Sexton Blake's second album, Plays the Hits!, was released in July 2007. The album consists entirely of cover songs from the 1980s, an idea that was first proposed to Hodges by Expunged Records founder Anthony Davis.
- Josh Hodges – vocals, guitar
- Ryan Biornstad – keyboards
- Tom Homolya – bass
- Tim Edgar – drums
2004 album that is sometimes titled Explosive Motion Picture Score or Josh Hodges' Sexton Blake. Includes the songs:
- "Little Bit More"
- "Jake - Keep It Together"
- "Me or Mine"
- "Want to Die"
- "East of . . ."
- "Doesnt Matter"
- "Know the Way"
- "Dreaming of Babylon"
- "Better off Dead"
To: Elliott, From: Portland
2006 tribute album to Elliott Smith that includes Sexton Blake's version of Smith's "Rose Parade".
Plays the Hits!
2007 album that includes the cover versions of:
- "Hungry Heart" (as made popular by Bruce Springsteen)
- "Bette Davis Eyes" (as made popular by Kim Carnes)
- "Young Turks" (as made popular by Rod Stewart)
- "Making Love out of Nothing at All" (as made popular by Air Supply)
- "I Need Love" (as made popular by LL Cool J)
- "The Logical Song" (as made popular by Supertramp)
- "Oh L'amour" (as made popular by Erasure)
- "Girl You Know It's True" (as made popular by Milli Vanilli)
- "Rush Rush" (as made popular by Paula Abdul)
- "Daniel" (as made popular by Elton John)
- "Evil Woman" (as made popular by Electric Light Orchestra)
- "Life in a Northern Town" (as made popular by The Dream Academy)
- "Human Nature" (as made popular by Michael Jackson)
Sexton Blake has been on numerous tours of the Northwestern United States, and performed at the annual Portland festival PDX POP NOW! 2006, a free music festival showcasing local bands.
- Gross, Josh (August 3, 2011). "Ryan Biornstad Leaves Starfucker", Boise Weekly. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
- Lewis, Scott D. (December 24, 2004). "Soundcheck: Notes from the Northwest music scene: Josh Hodges' acid test", The Oregonian, p. 15.
- Hughley, Marty (February 3, 2006). "Elliott's all-stars", The Oregonian, p. 14.
- Jenkins, Mark (March 19, 2006). "To: Elliott, From: Portland", The Washington Post, p. N09.
- Lopez, Luciana (July 6, 2007). "Soundcheck: Notes from the Northwest music scene", The Oregonian, p. 15.
- MacNeil, Jason (August 10, 2007). "Sexton Blake: Plays the Hits!", PopMatters. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- McCullough, Amy (July 4, 2007). "Out of the Blue", Willamette Week. Retrieved 2009-11-28.