Happy Birthday to Elephant Stone!!!! It was almost exactly 10 years ago that I quit my old band, the High Dials, and starting heading down unknown path that would eventually lead me to Elephant Stone.
Back to 2003 or so I had the seed of an idea for a sitar/garage/synth instrumental very indebt to Ananda Shankar. It wasn’t until I was on my own did I actually starting trying to make it a reality. As some of you may know, I originally started Elephant Stone with idea that it would be more of an instrumental east/west fusion project. I had ZERO confidence in myself as a singer/songwriter, but figured I could hack my way through some sitar instrumentals.
So, it was around October 2006 that my friend Jon Cohen offered to record said instrumental at his home studio as a birthday present for me (Oct 22, in case anyone is interested). So, we went in a tracked the everything in one day with Robb Surridge (original ES drummer) and Jon on guitar. The track we recorded that day was “The Straight Line” (which would eventually be rerecorded for The Seven Seas). My Mancunian friend, Christian Madden (the Earlies, The Animals) added some proggy synth and we had my first solo tune. I started called the project “Lenin/McCarthy” (haha… then it just became “Rishi” and finally Elephant Stone).
Unable to come up with another sitar instrumental, I decided to try my hand at writing some pops songs… which came A LOT easier… but that’s a story for another time.
So… Happy Birthday Elephant Stone! Here’s to much more music to come.