Montreal psychedelic hindie-rock trio Elephant Stone bring their new album The Three Poisons to Toronto’s The Silver Dollar Room tomorrow night. Before the show, we caught up with the band to discuss quintessential touring items, limited edition sound pedals, and a love/hate relationship with Spotify. Enjoy!
AMBY: Hey Elephant Stone, welcome back to AMBY. Where does our interview find you today?
Elephant Stone: Slacking off at work:(
AMBY: You released your new record The Three Poisons earlier this summer – congrats! What were some of the highlights you had while creating it?
Elephant Stone: I guess the process of writing/recording is always a highlight. It always blows me away to see how a song can start as a seed in my mind and then become something that is no longer my own.
AMBY: Which influences could be found on the album that might not be apparent to a listener?
Elephant Stone: Hmm… good question… it would be kind of cheating if I told you, wouldn’t it?
AMBY: You soon play a show at Toronto’s The Silver Dollar. What are three items you must have with you while on tour?
Elephant Stone: Spotify, toothbrush, pajamas.
AMBY: The band now have limited edition sounds pedals for sale. Where did the idea come from to allow fans to get the same Elephant Stone “geetar fuzz” sound?
Elephant Stone: Our friend JC has a company called Toetags Electronics. He’s a big music fan and lent us his demo fuzz board during the recording of the album. Anyhow, we love the pedals and decided to get into the merchandising game. Simple as that. I mean, no one’s really making any money off music these days… better to be in sales!
AMBY: On Facebook, you recently told followers how you came across Kurt Vile. Which other artists or bands have you been listening to lately?
Elephant Stone: Well, I’m on a Ride kick today… Other than that I’ve been discovering a lot of great bands via Spotify (I have a love/hate relationship with it)… My BIG discovery is Morgan Delt. wow. It’s like a lost album from ’68!
AMBY: Lastly, what’s the best part of being in Elephant Stone?
Elephant Stone: Creating music.
Thank you Elephant Stone, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout