The Besnard Lakes
Elephant Stone, Exploding Flowers
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Besnard Lakes
The Besnard Lakes' Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO had its humble beginnings in mid-2011 and was completed over the course of a year. Ever mindful and attentive to the most subtle and nuanced details, founding band members Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas produced, recorded and mixed at the stalwart Breakglass Studios in Montreal. Eventually mastered by the renowned Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, this fourth album by The Besnard Lakes' features heavyweight additions by Moonface's Spencer Krug and Mike Bigelow, The Barr Brothers' Sarah Page, the always-enchanting Monica Guenter and the return of Fifth String Liberation Singers' Choir.
The story of the album unfolds its introspection on the endurance of the human spirit during prophetic times as told by a spy or two, maybe more. Each of the eight tracks on the album takes off, coasts, and lands smoothly, with a jubilant slowburn of its own momentum for the benefit of the larger picture. The Besnard Lakes create a distinct and dreamy headspace, an enigmatic and somehow familiar placelessness. It happens in such a way that both the close and casual listener find themselves immersed in the generous sonic vision, one moment as timeless as the next.
Montreal's Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the psychedelic music scene, he has recorded and toured with the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and many more.
In 2009, Elephant Stone released their Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut, The Seven Seas. 2010/2011 saw the release of The Glass Box EP, a supporting slot on the Brian Jonestown Massacre's North American tour, multiple European/UK tours with sold-out dates in London and Berlin, and festival appearances at the Iceland Airwaves, Osheaga (Canada), and SXSW.
2012/2013 will see the band release their sophomore long-player and tour the world spreading their psychedelified-hindie-rock mantra.
Elephant Stone is: Rishi Dhir: vocals, bass, sitar Gabriel Lambert: geetar, backing vocals Stephen "Venk" Venkatarangam: keys, bass, and backing vocals Miles Dupire: drums
Press Highlights for The Seven Seas (2009)
"Utterly uplifting, and a powerful contender for Montreal album of the year." 4 ½ Stars Jordan Zivitz - Montreal Gazette
"…coolly captures Dhir's love of both classic British pop and Indian raga subcurrents while brimming with messages of peace, hope and love." 4 stars Steve Guimond - Hour
"a collection of dreamy britpop infused with rock-sitar jams … a keeper " 4/5 Nightlife Magazine (Montreal)
"tripped-out, transcendent debut " Steve Baylin - Ottawa Xpress
"Elephant Stone offers hopeful, dreamy pop music that's impossible to place in any one time period." Chris Lackner - Dose.ca Press Highlights for The Glass Box EP (2010)
"…look and listen no further than Strangers, as well-crafted a pop rocker as I've heard in a while." 4 stars Steve Guimond – Hour
"Timeless, dreamy and colourful sound that captures Indian raga and British pop influences" Pop Montreal
"If you weren't along for the ride on Elephant Stone's 2009 The Seven Seas debut album, it's time to get on board… Just put it on whole-disc repeat and you'll be set for the day" 4.5/5 Scott Bryson – Chartattack.com
"kaleidoscopic brilliance" GetIntoThis (UK)
"Transatlantic counterparts to Cornershop in their deft weaving of indie rock and elements of traditional Indian music." PurpleRevolver (UK)
"shimmering psych rock brilliance" WalesOnLine (UK)
"truly unique and a refreshing change from the usual." Meet You at the Show (Montreal)
"A few extended sitar bliss-outs and a band capable of functioning as a behemoth rhythm section ensured this was as much about the groove as the song — and with Dhir's ear for a paisley hook, this was very much about the song." Montreal Gazette
"Elephant Stone aren't a regular guitar band, it transpires - they're also a sitar band." The National (UAE)
"Indie rock with a Hindu element. Like a sitar. Imagine if the Stone Roses had formed in Mumbai." Exploremusic.com
Exploding Flowers are a guitar pop band from Los Angeles led by singer songwriter Sharif Dumani. Influenced by the Paisley Underground, Psych-pop, Powerpop, and all things “Jangle,” the band was formed at the end of 2010, with drummer Josh Mancell, guitarist/bassist Mark Sogomian, and recent addition Happy Tsugawa-Banta (The Lassie Foundation, Ray Barbee) on organ and vibraphone. After the demise of previous band the Moon Upstairs, and stints with sun-soaked popsters the Tyde and Atlanta soul man Cody Chesnutt, Sharif recorded Exploding Flowers songs at his home studio on a 1 inch tape machine and released a 3-song EP on Germany’s Vollwert Records/Edition 59 (Biff Bang Pow!, Phil Wilson, Simon Fisher Turner, Jasmine Minks), and debut full length album on Smashitup! Records in 2011, and an upcoming re release on Burger Records. Exploding Flowers have shared the stage with the Undertones, Kaleidoscope, the Flamin' Groovies, Jacuzzi Boys, and the Fresh & Onlys to name a few.