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Elephant Stone Announce ‘Ship of Fools’ Album

16th September 2016

Montreal, Canada-based psych-rock trio Elephant Stone are extremely pleased to reveal they will release their new full length album Ship of Fools later this year with a worldwide digital release on September 16th through their own label Elephants On Parade / Believe and the UK physical release on November 25th via California label Burger Records.

The band are today also announcing an extensive list of 2016 tour dates covering Canada, the US, the EU and the UK – see below for full details.

To celebrate the news the band have just dropped a new video for latest single ‘Andromeda’ which premiered with Shindig! Magazine this week.

Watch and share on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/mW24-oDNGGs

Commenting on the inspiration behind the single, Dhir explains; “Around Jan 2015, NASA released images of the Andromeda galaxy taken by the Hubble telescope. I was deep in the writing for Ship of Fools and was scouring the net for inspiration. I came upon an article in a science magazine describing what can be seen from the photograph. There were lines describing the stars as ‘grains of sand from a wizard’s hand’, or something like that.”

“Anyhow, I found the article very poetic and inspiring. Pair this with the fact that my musical obsession at the time was Air’s soundtrack for the color reissue of Le Voyage Dans La Lune and I was working with the imagery of Bosch’s “Ship of Fools”. So, there’s a lot in this song that may not be so obvious. The icing on the cake, though, was that NASA had also just released via Soundcloud a library of audio recordings (copyright free!), so I downloaded some of the tracks and added them to the outro. It’s all very pop art.”

Evolution, change, artistic growth, exploration – these words are associated with all great rock and roll bands, but they’re quickly becoming synonymous with Elephant Stone, the Montreal trio led by singer/bassist/songwriter/sitar player, Rishi Dhir. With Ship of Fools (their 4th full-length LP), Dhir and his bandmates – Miles Dupire (drummer/backing vox) and Gabriel Lambert (geetar/backing vox) – have solidified Elephant Stone’s place among the greats as innovators who are unafraid of challenging themselves and their audience.

The rest of Ship of Fools follows the precedent set by ‘Andromeda’. The creation of its eleven tracks, as Dhir says, allowed him to embrace his true identity as a “pop songwriter” whose tunes are custom built for the dance floor. Add the talents of producer Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire/The National) to the works, and the result is an album chock full of stylistically diverse cuts that could all stand on their own as hit singles.

Dhir has previously recorded and toured with the likes of Beck, The Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Horrors, before launching his own project in 2009 for which he’s responsible for vocals, sitar, and bass. The band name is a reference to both the song by The Stone Roses and a literal stone that Dhir owns: a statue of the Hindu god of new beginnings, Ganesh. With typically tongue-in-cheek humour, he describes Elephant Stone’s signature sound as – wait for it – “Hindie Rock”.

Elephant Stone’s debut album, The Seven Seas, was nominated for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize, which honors the best full-length Canadian album. In 2013 Elephant Stone released their second full-length LP, Elephant Stone, with the album received critical acclaim from NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound and more. A third album, The Three Poisons, came in 2014, followed by a remix album, ES3PRMX, in 2015 featuring contributions from Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Tom Furse of The Horrors,Alex Maas of The Black Angels and Peter Holmström of The Dandy Warhols.

Further details of the new record will be released over the coming months.

Ship of Fools is released November 25th 2016 via Burger Records.

Elephant Stone 2016 UK Tour Dates:

10/12/16 – London – Shacklewell Arms (tickets)
11/12/16 – Manchester – Soup Kitchen (tickets)