Photo Credit Bowen Stead & Daniel Barkley
ELEPHANT STONE is: RISHI DHIR: vocals, bass, sitar | MILES DUPIRE: drums, backing vox |GABRIEL LAMBERT: geetars, backing vox
Elephant Stone new album released Three Poisons today (August 25) Purchase on Website, iTunes
Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.
Elephant Stone’s third full-length, The Three Poisons. Their strongest/grooviest release to date, Elephant Stone will support the release by touring the world and spreading their psychedelified Hindie- Rock mantra.
Stream The Three Poisons entire album here
They have spear-headed the Hindie-Rock movement with their deft ability of weaving together rock’n’roll, Hindustani classical, and catchy-as-all-hell pop.
Main man Rishi Dir tells how an abandoned box of vinyl -- full of treasures --informed the making of the new album:
What I found in that box was beyond anything I could have imagined. Yes, there was Echo's "Songs to Learn & Sing", but there was also a 12" single release of the Happy Mondays "Step On" and "Kinky Afro", Spaceman 3 "Recurring", The Stone Roses "Waterfall" and "One Love", New Order's house masterpiece "Technique", Ride's "Today Forever", and the list went on. I was dumbfounded as to why someone would abandon such treasure. Were they starting off the New Year by purging themselves of their material possessions? Payback from a wounded lover? Divine intervention? Whatever it was, I lucked out and began reacquainting myself with Shaun, Rowetta, J Spaceman, Sonic Boom, Ian, Bernard, Hooky, et al.
Fast forward a year later and the band is in deep, working on the follow-up to the self-titled 2013 release.
I don't think it was just me, but things felt different this time around. The grooves were groovier, the sonics rumbled heavier, and the songs were connecting to something bigger.It wasn't until Malika Tirolien came in to record her inspired backing vocals for "Knock You From Yr Mountain" and "All Is Burning" that I reflected on that abandoned record collection I inherited and the trip it took me on. In that moment I heard the groove of the Mondays, the darkness of Echo, the jangle of Ride... but what I truly heard and felt coming together in these new batch of songs was--and is--unequivocally the sound of Elephant Stone.
1. Motherless Child (Love Not For War)
2. Knock You From Yr Mountain
3. All is Burning
4. Worlds Don't Begin And End With You
5. Wayward Son
6. Intermediate State
7. Child Of Nature (Om Namah Sivaya)
8. Living For Something
9. Three Poisons
10. Echo & The Machine
11. Between the Lines
Tour Dates You can buy tickets from the web site:
08/30 Montreal QC - L'Escogriffe
09/08 Burlington VT - Monkey House
09/09 New York NY - Mercury Lounge
09/10 Washington DC - Black Cat
09/11 Brooklyn NY - Rock Shop
09/12 Philadelphia PA - Milk Boy
09/13 Asbury Park NJ - The Saint
09/22 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
09/23 Tilburg, NL - 013
09/24 Zwolle, NL - Hedon
09/25 Brussels, BE - Botanique Witloofba
09/26 Giverny, FR - Rock in the Barn Festival
09/28 Brimingham, UK - Ooobleck w/ Sleepy Sun & Asteroid #4
10/01 Barcelona, ES - Retro City Psych Revolution @ Sala BeGood
10/02 Madrid, ES - Villamanuela Festival
10/03 Bilboa, ES - Kafe Antxokia
10/04 San Sebastian, ES - Dabadaba
10/09 Lugano, CH - Lugano Festival
10/10 Florence, IT - Tender Club
10/12 Ghent, BE - Charlatan