Photography by Minivan©
This is going to be a blunt introduction for Dante Elephante. Their new release from Anglo-Saxon Summer on Lolipop Records and Super Fan 99 entitled Never Trust A Junkie is quite simply one of the best tracks to ever feature on Third Outing. For the good of your own ears read on. Here's an idea of what Dante Elephante and that amazing tune are about...
There are two different sides to Dante Elephante. One sounds quite trippy. The other is as succinct and to the point as only good Rock and Roll can be. Never Trust A Junkie, a song inspired by drugs and dogs, is the perfect example of balance in a band. Recorded with the great John Rado of Foxygen fame in the musician's cramped apartment set-up, with a little Sam France and Dub Thompson added to the mix, this album is a sign that the future stars of the alternative scene have been born.
"I wrote Never Trust A Junkie on bass in 2011 and it wasn't until 2012 when I finished it fully with lyrics. The title and the song are almost about two different things. The title is about past negative experience with some friends who were abusing drugs and put me in some sketchy situations. The song is about this girl I was seeing and her dog that used to sleep with us".
Dante Elephante have produced an album of the highest quality. Interestingly, the sound isn't one you can pin point to their West Coast roots. Throughout the record you can hear cross Atlantic influences. From the SFX fronting the spooky introduction, which resolves into the funkiest most relaxing bed of music, the album's influences are greatly varied. The stand out track as mentioned above is Never Trust A Junkie. The riff stands out immediately. It's a one listen track which becomes instantly addictive. Sounds of Pete and the Pirates resonate within the verse, and the chorus beautifully reveals the following realisations"Come on baby move along...just me and my dog lying hip to hop every single night, you may be older but you just ain't that bright". It's the delivery that makes it special. Think of that special Pixies Black Francis scream and you're half way there.
The album starts strong and doesn't let up. From the jingle jangle riffs and confidence of Couple Apples to the dreamy vibrant Pop Song, Dante Elephante show off the fact they can play on many genres, styles, and influences, without making the album sound disjointed (and that's quite a skill). It is also important to mention the bands consistency. Twenty Trees, Kyoto 74, Twin Lakes, Pascadena Dreams and the final track Biltmore Nights plus many more songs all offer this record so much.