Elephant Stone

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Montreal’s Elephant Stone is the Polaris Music Prize-nominated psyche-pop creation of Rishi Dhir (vox, bass, sitar) and long-time collaborators Miles Dupire (drums) and Gab Lambert (guitar). Debuting in 2009, Elephant Stone has released 5 critically-acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and enjoyed significant success on US college/non-comm and Canadian commercial radio. As a highly-regarded sitar player, Dhir has also collaborated with indie rock icons (Beck) and legendary cult bands (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and is a member of psych “super-group” MIEN (ft. members of The Horrors, The Black Angels).

Released in 2009 on Dhir’s Elephants on Parade Records (EOP), The Seven Seas garnered wide-spread acclaim culminating with a Polaris Music Prize long-list nomination that acknowledges the best full-length Canadian album. Produced by Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes), the album introduced Elephant Stone’s innovative blend of rock ‘n’ roll, Hindustani classical music, and infectious pop. The 2010 follow up, The Glass Box EP, expanded on the spirited sounds of The Seven Seas. Following its release, the band set out on their first North American tour supporting the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

In 2013 Elephant Stone released their third LP, Elephant Stone. The album received critical acclaim from NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound, and other prominent media outlets. It also contained Dhir’s finest batch of songs yet:including singles “Heavy Moon” and “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin,” as well as the raga-drenched meditation, “A Silent Moment.” The band spent the next year touring throughout Europe and North America as a headliner and as support for The Zombies, The Black Angels (among others) and multiple festivals (Levitation Austin and France, Best Kept Secret, and so on).

A fourth album – The Three Poisons – followed in 2014. The darkly compelling and inventive album showcased Dhir’s lyrical exploration of Buddhist themes and The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Three Poisons remix album – ES3PRMX – appeared in 2015 as a digital download. Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Tom Furse of The Horrors, Alex Maas of The Black Angels, Peter Holmström of The Dandy Warhols, and more contributed remixes.

In 2016 Elephant Stone released their fifth album, Ship of Fools, on Burger Records/EOP. Produced by Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire), the album received high marks across the board and spawned two singles that charted on Canadian commercial radio (“Andromeda” and Manipulator”).

After taking time to explore new collaborations and sounds MIEN, drone-spiked instrumentals with Acid House Ragas, and semixes for paisley underground legends The Dream Syndicate and french pop-auteurs Tahiti80, Dhir and Elephant Stone are back in 2019 with a new single, “Land Of Dead”. Clocking in at just under 2 minutes, “Land Of Dead” begins with the haunting strums of a sitar and then dives headfirst into “Paranoid”-era Black Sabbath riffage with Rishi intoning of a “land of fire”. Ending with a child’s lament of “goodbye blue skies, so long clean air…Do you even care?”, “Land Of Dead” is the foreboding soundtrack to a world undone by our own doing. PLAY LOUD.

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01-02-2018

Cool photo review over at Canadian Beats of Elephant Stone’s show at Théâtre Fairmount!

09-16-2017

Nataliezworld shares some thoughts on Elephant Stone’s new Remix Of Fools EP.

“The renditions found on ‘Remix of Fools’ intensify the moments of infectious rhythm, highlight the swirling atmospherics, amplify the hidden hooks, and take the songs into unexpected and uncharted territory.”

09-16-2017

The video for Xavier Boyer’s remix of Elephant Stone is Video Of The Week at The Violet Wave.

09-01-2017

Check out Fuzzy Logic’s ‘Remix Fix’ on Elephant Stone’s new track!

08-07-2017

Elephant Stone announcing dates in UK, head to DrunkenWerewolf for the full details!

08-07-2017

Here Comes The Flood has the details on Elephant Stone’s European wing of their upcoming international tour!

08-07-2017

Elephant Stone announce a huge international tour following up their recently released full length ‘Ship of Fools’.

01-31-2017

Check out Elephant Stone live on BalconyTV Los Angeles!

01-31-2017

New Elephant Stone video for ‘Photograph’ is up on Ride the Tempo. Look for them in Ontario this February!

01-09-2017

Read BolderBeat’s new feature on the latest LP from Elephant Stone!

01-09-2017

Pet Sun, Lanikai, Elephant Stone, and Programm are part of CBC Music’s top songs of 2016!

01-05-2017

The Spill Magazine caught Elephant Stone & The Velveteins in Vancouver. Read the review!

11-11-2016

Elephant Stone bringing some much needed hope with their new video for ‘See the Light’.

Watch the new video first at Exclaim!!

11-04-2016

Big congrats to Elephant Stone for having the #1 song on CBC Music’s R3-30 this week!

10-18-2016

Elephant Stone’s ‘Manipulator’ single up in the Top-5 of CBC Music’s R3-30 this week!

10-18-2016

Watch the new Elephant Stone video for “Photograph” at Girl Underground!

10-18-2016

Clash premieres the new Elephant Stone video for ‘Photograph’!

Full release of ‘Ship of Fools’ November 25th via BURGER RECORDS!

10-04-2016

102.1 the Edge giving Elephant Stone some more love!

10-04-2016

9/10 review for the new Elephant Stone album ‘Ship of Fools at Exclaim!!

09-19-2016

Big congrats to Elephant Stone on their new record release! Out today!

Read the new 4 star Rolling Stone review!

09-19-2016

New Elephant Stone video is up on PureGrainAudio.com.

New album ‘Ship Of Fools’ out this Friday!

09-19-2016

Elephant Stone is up on CBC Music’s R3-30 this week!

09-19-2016

Read about Elephant Stone’s craziest tour story at Digital Tour Bus. New LP out next Friday!

09-07-2016

Check out the new Elephant Stone single ‘Manipulator’ as part of The Revue’s Weekend Showcase.

New album out September 16th!

09-01-2016

Check out today’s edition of The Matinee at The Revue and hear to new Elephant Stone along with a bunch of great tracks!

09-01-2016

Fantastic review of the new Elephant Stone LP at Bucketlist Music Reviews!

09-01-2016

When The Horn Blows has some thoughts on ‘Manipulator’ the new single by Elephant Stone!

08-10-2016

Heard the latest from Elephant Stone? Well, it’s one of 102.1 the Edge’s Top-5 Gems this week, listen loud!

08-10-2016

Casablanca Sunset includes Elephant Stone in their latest playlist!

Check out ‘Manipulator’ now!

08-10-2016

New Elephant Stone is part of Week In Pop at Impose!

08-09-2016

Listen to the latest Elephant Stone single ‘Manipulator’ at The Music Manual.

New LP out September.

08-09-2016

Check out the latest single from Elephant Stone at Bucket Full of Nails!