This week, the podcast features a mix of terrific new songs from some great Bay Area bands alongside our latest follow-up interview with a band we profiled long ago. In this episode, we check in with Elephone, whose latest album Canister finds them further exploring dark textures and catchy melodies with equally high skill. We sat down with Ryan, Sierra and Terry in our studio to discuss the inspiration behind the new record, how Sierra’s joining the band has developed their sound, and each member’s favorite songs on Canister.

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We first interviewed San Francisco’s Elephone (“El Jefe”; later, “Day For Night” and “As Seen On TV”) after the release of their last album about two years ago, so it was great to speak with the band about their exciting new work Canister, available from Talking House Records. You can hear more at Elephone’s MySpace page and can see them live on August 27th at Bottom of the Hill. Be sure to also check out the video for “El Jefe” here.

Mixing jangly country-rock with a modern rock feel, The Red Verse (“Circles”) have created a unique sound that lends itself well to the band’s driving songwriting and Alex Oneil’s compelling vocals. The quartet, which also features former members of Beulah and Every Move A Picture, recently released their debut album No Chance For Romance on local favorite Tricycle Records, and you can also visit them over on MySpace.

Winter’s Fall (“Paper Chains”) recently released their self-titled debut full length, and it’s a thoroughly engaging mix of indie, country and folk rock sounds. You can hear more at the band’s MySpace page and web site. They will be performing at the Rickshaw Stop on September 10th.

Featuring former members of Tsunami Bomb, San Francisco’s The Action Design (“Landmines”) serve up tight, danceable rock-pop on their new album, Never Say, available on September 23rd from PopSmear Records. Check them out on their MySpace page and web site. Before heading out on a national tour, the band will be at Bottom of the Hill on August 30th.

The Trophy Fire (“Jenny Under House Arrest”) craft lush emotional indie pop on their debut A Lifetime In The Middle Of The Ocean, which recently came out on Talking House Records. You can hear the whole album and find links to purchase it over at their MySpace page. The band celebrates the CD’s release with a show on September 4th at the Rickshaw Stop.

From Livermore, Jonathan Meek and The Mutes (“The City I Love”) recently sent us their debut EP Irony & Pity, a collection of earnest rock songwriting fixed in a compelling DIY aesthetic. While Meek doesn’t have any upcoming shows, you can hear more of his music at his web site and MySpace page.

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