“LAND OF DEAD”
After taking time to explore new collaborations and sounds with ventures such as the Acid House Ragas project and psych-rock supergroup MIEN (featuring members of The Horrors and The Black Angels), Montreal outfit Elephant Stone are back today with new single, ‘Land Of Dead‘. The new cut is the first offering from the group’s forthcoming sixth album which is due for release on London-based label Fuzz Club Records sometime in 2020. Their first release since signing to Fuzz Club, the new album will follow on from Elephant Stone’s 2016 Burger Records-released LP, Ship Of Fools. In support of the new single the band will set out on a US tour in November, with EU dates to be announced very soon.
Talking about the single, Rishi Dhir (sitar, bass, vox) says:
had the idea for a dystopian concept album for while… Kind of Yoshimi (Flaming Lips) meets the SF Sorrow (The Pretty Things). When it came time to work on the new album, it felt like a good opportunity to flesh out the storyline and write its soundtrack. Land
Of Dead started with stoner-rock riff on the sitar; it was pretty quick to write. Lyrically, I knew it would be the dark centerpiece of the song suite. Working with my friend, and MIEN bandmate, John Mark Lapham, we came up with the lyrics telling of a world
devoid of empathy and burning skies. Its funny how life imitates art.”
Debuting a decade ago, the psych-pop creation of Rishi Dhir and long-time collaborators Miles Dupire (drums) and Gab Lambert (guitar) have released five critically-acclaimed albums, toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, been nominated for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and picked up praise from the likes of NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound, Classic Rock, Clash Magazine and more. As a highly-regarded sitar player, Dhir has also collaborated with indie-rock icons (Beck) and legendary cult bands (The Brian Jonestown Massacre).
Clocking in at just under two minutes, ‘Land
Of Dead‘ begins with the haunting strums of a sitar and then dives headfirst into
Black Sabbath riffage with Dhir
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. The world is on fire. The time to make a change is now
before it’s too late.
This is the first Elephant Stone release that has been fully recorded and produced in Dhir’s Sacred Sounds recording studio. Having the opportunity to create without being under time restrictions completely changed the band’s approach to making music, allowing them to explore new sounds and take more chances as evident in ‘Land Of Dead.’ With a new sense of confidence in their production, there is truly nothing that can stop Elephant Stone from making music and giving it to the world.
See below for a full list of Elephant Stone’s fall tour dates.
Tickets are available for purchase here.
11/5 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
11/6 Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
11/8 Austin, TX @ Barracuda/Levitation
11/9 Dallas, TX @ The Foundry (Free Show)
11/11 Santa Fe, NM @ Rufina Tap Room (Free Show)
11/12 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
11/13 Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside 7
11/15 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
11/16 Seattle, WA @ Freakout Festival
11/17 Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall
11/19 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
11/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room