ELEPHANT STONE Return with New Single “Land Of Dead” – Listen Now

ELEPHANT STONE Return with New Single "Land Of Dead" - Listen Now

After taking time to explore new collaborations and sounds (MIEN, Acid House Ragas) and remixes for paisley underground legends (The Dream Syndicate) and French pop-auteurs Tahiti80, Montreal’s Elephant Stone are back today with new single, “Land Of Dead,” the first offering from the group’s forthcoming album, set for release sometime in 2020. The track will be available to stream via your preferred platform tomorrow Friday, September 20.

“Land Of Dead” began with stoner-rock riff on the sitar; it was pretty quick to write. Lyrically, I knew it would be the dark centerpiece of a 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. It’s tragic how life imitates art.

– Rishi Dhir

Debuting a decade ago, the Polaris Music Prize-nominated psych-pop creation of Rishi Dhir (vox, bass, sitar) and long-time collaborators Miles Dupire (drums) and Gab Lambert (guitar) have released five critically-acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. 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 Paranoid-era 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

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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