Elephant Stone (band)

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Elephant Stone
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Indie rock, psychedelic rock
Years active 2008 – present
Labels Hidden Pony/The Reverberation Appreciation Society
Associated acts The High Dials
Website Official site
Members Rishi Dhir
Gab Lambert
Miles Dupire

Elephant Stone is a Canadian indie rock band. Fronted by Rishi Dhir (formerly associated with The High Dials), the band's style incorporates aspects of traditional Indian music including the sitar, tabla, and dilruba with Western psychedelic rock.[1]


Dhir formed Elephant Stone in 2009 after he left The High Dials. The band began to combine Indian classical music and instrumentation with 1960s pop and rock.[2][1][3]

The band's debut album, The Seven Seas, was released June 2, 2009 on Dhir's own Elephants on Parade label, with distribution by Fontana North. The album was a longlisted nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize on June 15, 2009.[4]

On July 4, 2009 The Seven Seas was released on Irish label Indiecater Records.

On February 12, 2013, their self-titled second album was released on Reverberation Appreciation Society.[5]

The band's third full-length album, The Three Poisons, was released in 2014.[6] In 2015, Burger Records released a cassette featuring a remixed version of The Three Poisons titled ES3PRMX.[7] The cassette features collaborations with Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Fabien Leseure, Tom Furse of The Horrors, Al Lover, Alex Maas of The Black Angels, Peter Holmstrom of The Dandy Warhols and JP Lapham of The Earlies.[7]

In 2016 Elephant Stone released their fourth album, Ship of Fools.[3] In 2017 they released an EP, Live at the Verge, and set out on a tour of Europe.[8]



  • The Seven Seas (2009)
  • Elephant Stone (2013)
  • The Three Poisons (2014)
  • Ship of Fools (2016)

EPs and singles[edit]

  • The Glass Box EP 12" (2010) - mini album
  • Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin b/w Strangers 7" (2012)


  • ES3PRMX (2015) - Remix of The Three Poisons, cassette[7]
  • Remix of Fools (2017) - Remix of Ship of Fools
  • GLIDExTDSESRMXv1.1 (2017)- Remix of Glide (The Dream Syndicate)

Other appearances[edit]


Main band members[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Elephant Stone's Sitar Rock". Chart, June 3, 2009.
  2. ^ T'cha Dunlevy, "Elephant Stone trades rock for sitar". Canwest News Service, May 7, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Elephant Stone and the Enduring Mystique of Rock Sitar". Rawkus Magazine, March 6, 2017. by Wanda Waterman
  4. ^ "CBC Radio3 Announces Polaris Prize Longlist"[permanent dead link]. CBC Radio 3, June 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Elephant Stone - Elephant Stone (review)". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  6. ^ "The purity of Elephant Stone’s Three Poisons". The Gazette, August 25, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Making "The Three Poisons" New: A Conversation with Rishi Dhir about Elephant Stone's "ES3PRMX" - Stereo Embers Magazine". Stereo Embers Magazine. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  8. ^ "In Conversation: Elephant Stone". Clash, Si Hawkins, 26 · May · 2017
  9. ^ Less Lee Moore (December 20, 2013). "Music Review: Various Artists, Psych-Out Christmas". PopShifter.
  10. ^ "A Psych Tribute to the Doors - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-09.

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