Make an album, tour. Make an album, tour. This is all Elephant Stone does, and they’re becoming exceedingly skilled at both.
They were in the right place at the right time, then, on Friday night. It took a superhuman effort to win over the few onlookers that stuck it out until their midnight slot—Hard Luck’s A/C was non-functional, it was the hottest day of the year thus far, and the bar is on the third (fourth?) floor of a building with no windows. The furniture was sweating, in this place.
The Montreal quartet stuck to their typical festival set: tried and true tunes from their self-titled album and last year’s The Three Poisons that provided Rishi Dhir with a handful of opportunities to wail on the sitar (I haven’t given up home that some day, I may get hear “Strangers” live). Check out “Knock You From Yr Mountain,” above, for a taste.
Nothing new in this performance, but rumour has it that work on the next album is underway.