Dante Elephante are about as Californian as they come. The indie rockers met while attending University Of California, Santa Barbera, playing at local battle of the bands competition and college sponsored events. They then proceeded to record their full-length debut, German Aquatics, all across the Golden State, traveling between Los Angeles and Lompoc.
For album No. 2, they continue to pull from their local roots. Anglo Saxon Summer features the production help of Cali native Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado and sees Dante Elephante exploring the bleaker aspects of the vibrant scene from which they emerged. As a preview, the band’s let loose a new song called “Never Trust A Junkie”.
“The title ‘Never Trust A Junkie’ sums up late 2008 and 2009 for me,” songwriter Ruben Zarate tells Consequence Of Sound. “Most of the ‘musician’ friends I was hanging out with at the time were junkies and put me in dangerous situations. I was driving past a gas station one night, early 2012, where some shady shit went down a few years prior and thought to myself ‘Damn, never trust a junkie’ then I wrote down that title and saved it. Wrote the song not too long after that.”
On the cut, the griminess of gas station junkies is offset by the group’s summery and vibrant surf rock aesthetic. Zarate’s vocal melodies capture that same Californian garage bliss that Rivers Cuomo tapped into for Weezer’s own debut. The bright lead guitar lines and snappy drums give a hopeful contrast to the downer lyrics. It’s about learning tough lessons and realizing, as Zarate sings, “you may be older but you just ain’t that bright.”
Listen in below.
Anglo Saxon Summer is due out this fall via Lolipop Records.