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Interview: Montreal Psych Trio Elephant Stone Who Play The Saint 9/13

Zaza Lipsoidiac September 12, 2014 Exclusive Content, Features, Interviews No Comments

Elephant Stone

It’s been a good year for psych rock with Montreal based three piece Elephant Stone further contributing to the cause with their latest effort Three Poisons. The band return to Asbury Park this Saturday, September 13th where they’ll take The Saint stage for a night of stellar experimentation set against whip smart pop structures.

Speak Into My Good Eye caught up with Elephant Stone in advance of the show, which you can score your tickets for here.

Do you feel you’re at the forefront of a new Psychedelic renaissance?

There are a lot of great bands right now, and we’re honored to be part this new musical renaissance.

Your music seems to be influenced by British Pop Psych from the Beatles to the Baggy movement of the late 80’s. What are some of your other influences?

I’m a music fan. I could list off hundreds of bands/artists that I love, but that would barely break the surface on what inspires me.I look for honesty and emotion in music; this could be found in Teenage Fanclub’s Alcoholiday, an Alap performed by Shahid Parvez, a song by Lata Mangeshkar, a groove by CAN…. I think you catch my drift;)

(For Rishi Dhir) The Sitar is an unusual and notoriously difficult instrument to learn. How did you come to play it and who taught you?

I bought my first sitar back in 1998 during a family trip to India. I found my guru, Uwe Nuemann, in 2001 in Montreal. He is a disciple of Indranil Bhattacharya and received a masters in Indian Classical Music/Sitar while living in Santiniketan, India. He’s a wonderful performer and great teacher.

Will this album be darker than your previous releases? The world is in a different place even from just a couple of years ago. Do you see your music reflecting that and trying to confront those changes?

Lyrically, I always write about what I feel and know. And right now, I’m feeling that there should be a lot more to humanity than murder, war, and greed. We’re all looking for meaning in our lives and I guess my songs are helping me figure out my path.

On that subject, do you feel your music can be trans-formative for the listener as well as yourselves?

Music by nature is trans-formative. Our body is about 70% water… think about vibrations can send ripples thru a glass of water… Music/sound has the same effect on our bodies. So, yes, my music can be trans-formative.

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