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Scouting Report: Elephant Stone

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To close off Elephant Stone Week at SEM, we’re grateful to present the band’s Scouting Report.

Songwriter-vocalist-bassist-sitarist Rishi Dhir, guitarist-vocalist Gab Lambert, and drummer-vocalist Miles Dupire responded to our questionnaire with all the good humor and sincerity that you’ve come to expect from such a generous trio of guys.

Have fun reading the Report – and remember to have even more fun by being moved, challenged, and excited by Elephant Stone’s masterful album, The Three Poisons.

RISHI DHIR

FULL NAME: Rishi Dhir

NICKNAME: Chi-Chi

HOMETOWN: Montreal

WEBSITE: elephantstonemusic.com

RECORD LABEL: Hidden Pony

DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN ONE SENTENCE: Vibe

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT: My daughter and son learning to sing the GI Joe movie theme song (“Crashing through the sky, comes the fearful cry… Cobraaaa…. Cobraaa!”)

THE SONG YOU WISH YOU’D WRITTEN: “Alcoholiday” by Teenage Fanclub

FIVE MUSICIANS YOU ADMIRE: I don’t think I can limit it to just five… I’ve met so many amazingly talented musicians that have inspired me… Alex Maas, Gab Lambert, Miles Dupire, Anton Newcombe, Tom Furse, JM Lapham, Gerry Love, George Harrison, Paul Weller, Beck…

ALBUM YOU CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO: Tame Impala’s Lonerism

DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A KID: Shy, chubby, stubborn, introspective, asthmatic, silly, loving, and particular

THREE THINGS THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT: Melodies, grooves, and tinitus

LAST BOOK YOU READ: Life by Keith Richards

THINGS WE’D FIND IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR: No car!

HARDEST PART ABOUT YOUR JOB: Having to work two of them!

FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO A NEW CITY: Find some third-wave coffee

WHAT WORD DO YOU OVERUSE IN CONVERSATION?: Dude

WHAT WILL THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE?: I guess it should be lyric from one of my songs… have to think on that one…

FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TV SHOW: The process of trying to decide on movie on Netflix…

DRINK OF CHOICE: Cortado

BEST ALBUM TO PLAY AFTER A BREAK-UP AND YOU’RE HOLDING A BOTTLE OF VODKA AND SOMETHING SHARP: The Best of Raffi

INDULGENCE YOU REFUSE TO GIVE UP: Third-wave coffee

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Be honest with yourself.

 

GAB LAMBERT

FULL NAME: Gabriel Lambert

NICKNAME: Gab

HOMETOWN: Montreal

A MUSICIAN YOU ADMIRE: John Coltrane

ALBUM YOU CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO: good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar

DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A KID: Dreamy

THINGS THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT: Recently, Rihanna videos

LAST BOOK YOU READ: White Noise by Don DeLillo

THINGS WE’D FIND IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR: Don’t know, never had one

HARDEST PART ABOUT YOUR JOB: Problems to solve all day long

FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO A NEW CITY: Look around, absorb, think

WHAT WORD DO YOU OVERUSE IN CONVERSATION?: Vibe

DRINK OF CHOICE: Beer

BEST ALBUM TO PLAY AFTER A BREAK-UP AND YOU’RE HOLDING A BOTTLE OF VODKA AND SOMETHING SHARP: Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths

INDULGENCE YOU REFUSE TO GIVE UP: I don’t feel guilty about indulging if I do

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Self-acceptance, freedom

 

MILES DUPIRE

FULL NAME: Miles Dupire-Gagnon

NICKNAMES: Smasher, Chachi

HOMETOWN: Montreal

DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN ONE SENTENCE: Groove is in the heart

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT: Every time I feel like I’m improving as a musician, I’m proud

THE SONG YOU WISH YOU’D WRITTEN: “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

FIVE MUSICIANS YOU ADMIRE: Tony Williams, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Prince, Jamire Williams, Chris Dave

ALBUM YOU CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO: Nefertiti by Miles Davis

DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A KID: Happy

THREE THINGS THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT: Music, friends, Jack Daniels

LAST BOOK YOU READ: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

THINGS WE’D FIND IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR: Sticks, cymbals, drums

HARDEST PART ABOUT YOUR JOB: Carrying gear

FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO A NEW CITY: Find a third-wave coffee

WHAT WORD DO YOU OVERUSE IN CONVERSATION?: Like

FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TV SHOW: The Late Show with David Letterman

DRINK OF CHOICE: Old fashioned

BEST ALBUM TO PLAY AFTER A BREAK-UP AND YOU’RE HOLDING A BOTTLE OF VODKA AND SOMETHING SHARP: “All By Myself” by Céline Dion

 

(Photograph by Geoffrey Tischman)