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Elephant Stone get heavy on new single (listen), touring around Levitation fest

photo:  Eric Tschaeppeler
photo: Eric Tschaeppeler

It’s been three years since Montreal’s Elephant Stone released an album — through frontman Rishi Dir was also busy with psych supergroup MEIN — but are working on the follow-up to Ship of Fools as we speak. That won’t be out till 2020, but they do have a new single that finds the usually jangly band dipping a toe into heavy rock territory. “‘Land of Dead’ began with stoner-rock riff on the sitar; it was pretty quick to write,” Rishi tells us. “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.” Crank it up: “Land of Dead” premieres in this post and you can listen below.

Elephant Stone are playing Austin’s Levitation festival in November, and will tour around it with shows in San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Santa Fe, Denver, Fort Collins, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. All dates are listed below.

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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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