Dante Elephante have just released one of the best songs Third Outing have ever featured. Never Trust A Junkie is the big feature on their newly released record Anglo-Saxon Summer. Third Outing caught up with the genius behind the track, Dante Elephante's front man Ruben Zarate...
3rd: The new record is out! How was it to work with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado? I bet he filled the room with old vintage keyboards and made you do crazy things?
Dante Elephante: YES! It was a cramped space but luckily we finished recording drums and bass the first two nights. Sam France would pop in and hang out, so would Matt from Dub Thompson. If you dig far enough on our Instagram you can find some photos of us during the session.
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 me/us.
I started writing Pop Song in 2013 while the band was in San Francisco. Finished it back in Santa Barbara when I got home, made a demo, then went to an 80's David "Bowie Bash" after that. It's about unrequited love. Not being happy about your current situation, but being optimistic that things are going to work out.
3rd: Here's a question for you. America loves British music, but do British people love American music?
I had issues answering this one so I posted it on my personal Facebook page and let my other musician friends go at it. Here are the best quotes (*disclaimer: these quotes are random people on the internet and don't necessarily represent the Rock & Roll views of Dante Elephante*).
"John Lennon wanted to be Elvis".
"Syd Barret admired Jimi Hendrix, he loved the hair and the peacock look and even poofed his hair and wore clothes from Thea Porter just like Jimi did".
"One band: PIXIES. They were always loved much more in the UK".
3rd: So what happens if it all ends tomorrow?
I've been in bands since I was 14. Playing shows and writing songs. I haven't stopped since. I'm 25 now. I'm going to continue to do this until I can't any more.