Catching Up with Dante Elephante

In the Studio and On the Road with Our Favorite Surf Rockers

It’s no small feat to conquer the Santa Barbara music scene, but when a band busts through the bubble and into the wider music world, we call it victory with a capital “V.” This year, S.B. rockers Dante Elephante came out swinging as our ones to watch, and over the course of the past eight months, they’ve exceeded everyone’s expectations. From linking up with L.A. indie label Lolipop Records to heading into the studio with Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado to throwing the doors wide open on their sunny surf-pop sound, the guys have been scoring major points — and winning some major fans along the way.

This Friday, August 22, Dante makes its triumphant return to Santa Barbara with a headlining show at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club. Below, Ruben Zarate shares some snapshots and thoughts from the band’s whirlwind 2014 (so far).


We the Beat and Cool Summer Presents bring Dante Elephante to SOhO Restaurant & Music Club (1221 State St.) on Friday, August 22, at 9 p.m. with Sun Daes, The Electric Magpie, and DJ Darla Bea. For tickets and info, call (805) 962-7776 or visit


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