San Francisco indie rock duo The Trophy Fire will celebrate their release of their new album A Lifetime in the Middle of the Ocean this Thursday at The Rickshaw Stop.

The band, composed of Ben Flanagan and Jamie McGoldrick, has a good resume of previous musical endeavors, from Flanagan's previous project The Actual (who toured with Velvet Revolver) to their more recent appearances with Ozma and Dredg.

Comparisons to Jimmy Eat World are apt, particularly in relation to the heavily enunciated vocal style and melodies that venture into falsetto territory often. But the band has stayed true to its roots, and has recently acknowledged the ties the members feel to the ever-growing Bay Area music scene. The album's songs are varied, from catchy pop to dark and heavy alt-rock, and the production is polished.

Recorded at Talking House Records' studio, the band used four different drummers on the record, as well as guest musicians on keyboard, guitar and backup vocals. Producer and engineer Justin Lieberman worked on the album with them. Here's a sample of one of the darker songs on the album:

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"Dearly Departed" - The Trophy Fire

You can preview many more songs from the album on their myspace page. The album is released on Talking House records and can be purchased from their website. The band will be joined Thursday by The Hundred Days, Picture Atlantic and The Matches. The show starts at 9pm and costs $10.