Published Mar 19, 2011Portland synth pop crew Starfucker rode a wave of momentum into SXSW, with their new album Reptilians, freshly out via Polyvinyl. Unfortunately, the group's hot streak has come to an abrupt end, as multi-instrumentalist Ryan Biornstad has found himself thrown in jail.
What landed Biornstad in the slammer? Well, according to a tweet posted earlier this evening (March 18), "Fuck the police. Ryan just for arrested for nothing. Fuck...no show at lipstick..spit in the face if an Austin pig."
What follows is an enraged Twitter rant against the police, including gems like "Seriously, Ryan didn't do anything.. that cop was agro as fuck, just looking to fuck with people..shit.. fucking pigs," "FREE RYAN FUCK THE POLICE" and "Meth Cop."
This incident means that the group's busy live schedule has been thrown into doubt. They wrote, "Looks like all our shows today are not going to happen. Thank the agro Austin police." According to the latest update as of press time, "we won't play without Ryan. Looking like he could be out by tomorrow morning!!!"
Whoever is in change of the band's Twitter and Facebook accounts has been posting a bevy new anti-police messages every few minutes, so it's worth checking back to see how this one unfolds.