The Bowery Presents
The Black Angels

The Black Angels

Allah-Las, Elephant Stone

Mon, April 8, 2013

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

Webster Hall

New York, NY

$25.00

This event is 18 and over

The Black Angels
The Black Angels
Since Aristotle, man has organized his knowledge vertically in separate and unrelated groups---Science, Religion, Sex, Relaxation, Work, etc. The main emphasis in his language, his system of storing knowledge, has been on the identification of objects rather than on the relationships between objects. He is now forced to use his tools or reasoning separately and for one situation at a time. Had man been able to see past this hypnotic way of thinking, to distrust it (as did Einstein), and to resystematize his knowledge so that it would all be related horizontally, he would now enjoy the perfect sanity which comes from being able to deal with his life in its entirety.

It is possible for Man to alter his mental state and thus alter his point of view (that is, his own basic relation with the outside world which determines how he stores his information). He then can restructure his thinking and change his language so that his thoughts bear more relation to his life and his problems, therefore approaching them more sanely.

It is this quest for pure sanity that forms the basis of The Black Angels.

-Tommy Hall
Allah-Las
Allah-Las
Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. While this experience helped shape their sensibility, their sound was forged in an underground basement where they came together as a band. They began gigging in Los Angeles in 2008, refining their live performance, and finally released their first 7” single Catamaran / Long Journey in 2011. In 2012, they began their relationship with Innovative Leisure, releasing their first self-titled album, Allah-Las, anchored by their second single Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) / Sacred Sands. The release was met with critical acclaim and the band toured extensively in the States and abroad before going back into the studio to record their follow-up.

Allah-Las' second album, Worship The Sun, expands on the sound established by their maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk. As richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, the songs are evocative of Los Angeles’ storied past. Beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads. Remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip. Golden tans and cosmic sunsets. One can feel the warmth of the sun, but the band deftly avoids the kitsch so often indulged by lovers of these things. Hints of Byrds, Love, Felt, and those who follow are threaded into the tapestry.

LA’s seminal Ferus Gallery – the home of Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston – is paid homage in an eponymous instrumental, broadening the scope beyond mere sea, surf, and sand. The lyrics reveal a new maturity; reflections of a band that has grown together through experiences on the road and in the studio. Worship The Sun is at once the perfect soundtrack for the greatest surf film never made and for a golden hour drive through Topanga Canyon. Yet, while grounded in the Southern California experience, the appeal of the album is not limited by locale. It is a teenage symphony to the sun, for all those who know its grace.

(Kevin O’Sullivan)
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:
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.websterhall.com/