Union Transfer


The Black Angels

The Black Angels

Allah-Lahs, Elephant Stone

Sun, April 7, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


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This event is all ages

The Black Angels
The Black Angels
Death Song is the first full-length release in four years from The Black Angels – Austin’s five-piece psych rock masters – and their debut for Partisan Records.

Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on Death Song serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. “Currency,” a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm “Half Believing” questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion.

Recorded between Seattle and Austin, Death Song features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound – menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.

The band will tour extensively behind Death Song, including a headline set at one of the first-ever shows at new NYC venue Brooklyn Steel on May 2nd. Full itinerary below for “The Death March Tour”, which begins in Nashville. The band will be supported by A Place to Bury Strangers.

Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they “play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it”. The band has toured with Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Black Keys + more, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Primavera, Harvest Fest, Coachella and Bonnaroo. Two of the band members co-founded Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psych Fest) in 2008, which has since grown into one of the best-reviewed and expertly-curated festivals in the country (returning in 2018).
Elephant Stone
Elephant Stone
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

Press Blurbs

"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
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123