Here's some photos of the wonderful Elephant Stone at The Lexington on October 18th.
Led by Rishi Dhir, previously with The Datsons, with their extremely underated album "See!" and then the excellent High Dials, Elephant Stone actually eclipse both bands with their exotic and sublime music. Rishi switches effortlessly between guitar, bass and most importantly, the Sitar! It's a wonderful sight and sound to behold, especially on the perfect hypnotic layers of the raga freak-out "Don't You Know".
|Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone - Photo by Steve Worrall|
It's not all about Rishi though, as the whole band are superb, especially Gab Lambert and Greg Paquet's inventive, chiming guitars - each song is packed full of riffs, textures and surprises along the way. Bobby Fraser's keyboards add an underlying atmosphere and it's all driven along by Jules Pampena's excellent drumming and harmonic backing vocals.
The set is way too short, not through any fault of the band, and just as they are building up a head of steam it's all over due to the 11pm curfew. It's frustrating as I could have watched and listened to the band all night, However, they did play wonderful versions of my two favourite songs "How Long" and new single "Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin" so I can't have too many complaints, I guess!
|Elephant Stone at The Lexington - All Photos by Steve Worrall|
Unfortunately, the U.K. Tour is nearly over but you can catch the band at Stereo in York Thursday October 27th and then finally at the Dulcimer in Manchester on Friday October 28th. I would thoroughly recommend you going along if you have chance as you might regret missing them.