Elephant Stone

Early Show

Elephant Stone

Zula

Wed, December 5, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Elephant Stone - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Elephant Stone
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 psychedelic music scene, he has recorded and toured with the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and many more.

In 2009, Elephant Stone released their Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut, The Seven Seas. 2010/2011 saw the release of The Glass Box EP, a supporting slot on the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s North American tour, multiple European/UK tours with sold-out dates in London and Berlin, and festival appearances at the Iceland Airwaves, Osheaga (Canada), and SXSW.

2012/2013 will see the band release their sophomore long-player and tour the world spreading their psychedelified-hindie-rock mantra.

Elephant Stone is: Rishi Dhir: vocals, bass, sitar Gabriel Lambert: geetar, backing vocals Stephen “Venk” Venkatarangam: keys, bass, and backing vocals Miles Dupire: drums

Press Highlights for The Seven Seas (2009)

“Utterly uplifting, and a powerful contender for Montreal album of the year.“ 4 ½ Stars Jordan Zivitz - Montreal Gazette

“…coolly captures Dhir’s love of both classic British pop and Indian raga subcurrents while brimming with messages of peace, hope and love.” 4 stars Steve Guimond - Hour

“a collection of dreamy britpop infused with rock-sitar jams … a keeper “ 4/5 Nightlife Magazine (Montreal)

“tripped-out, transcendent debut “ Steve Baylin - Ottawa Xpress

“Elephant Stone offers hopeful, dreamy pop music that’s impossible to place in any one time period.” Chris Lackner - Dose.ca Press Highlights for The Glass Box EP (2010)

“…look and listen no further than Strangers, as well-crafted a pop rocker as I've heard in a while.” 4 stars Steve Guimond – Hour

“Timeless, dreamy and colourful sound that captures Indian raga and British pop influences” Pop Montreal

“If you weren't along for the ride on Elephant Stone's 2009 The Seven Seas debut album, it's time to get on board… Just put it on whole-disc repeat and you'll be set for the day” 4.5/5 Scott Bryson – Chartattack.com

Press Blurbs

“kaleidoscopic brilliance” GetIntoThis (UK)

“Transatlantic counterparts to Cornershop in their deft weaving of indie rock and elements of traditional Indian music.” PurpleRevolver (UK)

“shimmering psych rock brilliance” WalesOnLine (UK)

“truly unique and a refreshing change from the usual.” Meet You at the Show (Montreal)

“A few extended sitar bliss-outs and a band capable of functioning as a behemoth rhythm section ensured this was as much about the groove as the song — and with Dhir’s ear for a paisley hook, this was very much about the song.” Montreal Gazette

“Elephant Stone aren't a regular guitar band, it transpires - they're also a sitar band.” The National (UAE)

“Indie rock with a Hindu element. Like a sitar. Imagine if the Stone Roses had formed in Mumbai.” Exploremusic.com
Zula - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Zula
Taking cues from the hypnotic sparsity of krautrock to the more funky sensibilities of acid house and Manchester indie dance, Zula makes forward-thinking psychedelic pop music. It started in the summer of 2010 as a collaboration between principal songwriters Henry and Nate Terepka (cousins). During the early basement sessions, playing to drum loops and sequencers, they began crafting their sound, obsessed with repetitive, interlocking figures and melodies in accessible, direct pop forms. In the fall of 2010, Mike Lawless and Zach Nicita joined on, forming a taught, propulsive rhythm section. The group has since toured California, played countless shows around New York City, and released the Crescent Intake Session EP.

Zula is currently working on a debut LP, set to be released this summer.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com