The Trophy Fire is a three-piece American rock band hailing from San Francisco, California.
Beginning as a studio project in 2008 while songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Ben Flanagan was between tours with his former band, The Actual (signed to Scott Weiland's Softdrive Records), The Trophy Fire partnered with Talking House Records and released their debut,A Lifetime In The Middle Of The Ocean, in August of the same year. The album featured numerous guest collaborators, and compositions written by Flanagan and original co-leader, Jamie McGoldrick - sparking initial interest in the band and seeing them taking the stage at SXSW and other festivals as the project grew into a full-fledged band.
After Talking House Records folded in 2010, and after some early lineup changes, The Trophy Fire became the band they are today- headed up by Flanagan and rounded out by brothers John (drums) and Adam (guitar) Schuman. The three-piece quickly found themselves a home with Portland, OR's Greyday Records, who re-released A Lifetime In The Middle Of The Ocean, as well as a six-song EP entitled Armor.
With the release of their second full-length, Modern Hearts, in 2011, The Trophy Fire embarked on multiple tours alongside the likes of Far, The Dear Hunter, and most notably Dredg- who have become frequent collaborators, and in which Flanagan is often the additional touring guitarist/back-up vocalist.
Summer 2013 will see the Greyday Records release of the band's third full-length, Directions For Daylight - following elegantly in the footsteps of Modern Hearts and balancing a strong air of nostalgia for the music and experiences of our pasts, while always looking forward with hope and vigor.