Photographed by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander.
Because the 25-year-old Argentine-American lead singer of
Elefant (hyped as the next Strokes—join the club, boys!) is
unapologetically wallowing in his rocker-stud status, even if he
refuses to strip onstage.
and boring: The Brown grad talks a good sensitivity game—“My
mom’s my best friend!”—but says that he will,
in a pinch, go for “hot and boring.” Hot women certainly
seem to be the muses behind Elefant’s album. “ ‘Ester’
is a tongue-in-cheek love song to Ester Canadas,” he says.
“ ‘Bokkie’ is the nickname I had for this South
African model. I’ve dated a lot of models—and South Africans.”
Drugs, and Walgreens: Now Garcia is on a dating hiatus
in favor of “just getting fucked up.” In San Francisco,
he stayed at the legendary Phoenix Hotel, scored some “beautiful
weed” from a busboy, and swam in his boxers, after which he
walked to Walgreens in a towel “and had, like, seven dudes
whistle at me.” And before we got off the phone, he gave us
his number, claiming it was for professional reasons. Then he added:
“So, if you’re awake one night and want a booty call
. . . ”