Combining their “hindie-rock” vibe with groovy pop, Elephant Stone are on another level of abstract, creative psychedelia. It’s a great sound with nuances of ’60s pop which we’ve taken a strong liking to. Have a read as Elephant Stone spoke with AMBY about their latest album Elephant Stone, falling off risers, and the unknown!
AMBY: How would you describe Elephant Stone’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Elephant Stone: Hindie-Rock.
AMBY: You have recently released your latest album Elephant Stone, which tracks are your favourite off the record?
Elephant Stone: I love all my children equally. However, if I was forced to choose one at gun point, I would pick A Silent Moment.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your great song The Sacred Sound?
Elephant Stone: I was playing George Harrison’s “Isn’t a Pity” over and over (I absolutely love All things must pass) and then the string part and vocal melody came to mind… then I mixed in some MBV for good measure and that became The Sacred Sound.
AMBY: There’s a wicked psychedelic vibe in your music. Where do you think this comes from?
Elephant Stone: I guess trying to bring the sitar more into the music and helped bring the psych vibe to a lot of the new songs. Also, I’m a huge music fan, so I have a very deep well to draw inspiration from.
AMBY: Does hailing from Montreal have an influence on your music? And if so, how?
Elephant Stone: Not really… I guess the biggest influence has been traveling the world and meeting so many amazing bands. The past year I spent touring with the Black Angels really opened my eyes to where psychedelic music is going and its endless possibilities.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
Elephant Stone: Falling off my sitar riser in Iceland. It hurt at the time, but I laughed about it later. The sitar was okay!
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Elephant Stone: I recently discovered TOY from the UK, been really enjoying them. Other than that , there’s Tame Impala, The Black Angels and the Allah Las.
AMBY: If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Elephant Stone: I’ve been dreaming of the day I could take the band to India. I hold a deep love for my homeland and can’t wait for the day we tour there.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Elephant Stone: The unknown.
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Elephant Stone that nobody knows?
Elephant Stone: I’m a vegetarian?
Thank you Elephant Stone, for giving us your answers!