IVORY ELEPHANT, THE - Stoneface CD

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Scraping out of the grit of Brunswick (Melbourne, Australia), The Ivory Elephant are a 3-piece playing heavy blues. Joining the blues/rock renaissance of bands such as The Black Keys and The White Stripes, and with a sound often likened to Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, The Ivory Elephant bring their own thing to the style.

STONEFACE NOTES

"On this album we really wanted to get deep in to Psych. The blues is still in there, but it's hidden behind a lot of fuzz and reverb. We also wanted to approach this release as a full album that is best listened to in one hit, rather than just a bunch of songs stuck together. There's some lengthy jams on there and some pretty heavy stuff, but there's also tracks on there like Jazzhead pt I and Stoneface which are pretty different to what people would expect from us.

The track we had the most fun recording was probably Stoneface Jamboree. We tracked it on our last day of recording until about 2am on a whim. It started off with just acoustic guitars, then we layered more guitars, sitars, percussion, vocals, a blisteringly loud 70s farfisa organ, and left some whacky tape effects in there for the hell of it too. It's a long way from anything we've done before, and we'll probably never be able to play it live!

As for lyrical content on the new album, there's our usual psychedelic shit and vaguely political tracks, but there's also a few songs about bitter heartbreak, which I haven't written songs about before. When I listen to music, I often interpret songs my own way, so when I write lyrics I like to leave things pretty vague, so people can relate to it in their own way.

This new album is the first time we've really been able to stretch out in the studio. We had five days tracking (which is a lot for us), so there was a lot more time to really refine shit and put more layers in there. There's A LOT of guitar parts in there and our bassist Arty jumped on the keys for a few tracks, so that's added a new layer too.

We recorded the album at Soundpark Studio's in Melbourne, which is where we recorded our last album Number 1 Pop Hit. The place just has a really good vibe. It's big and has some of the best gear around, and some Aussie legends have recorded there, but it's also got a run down sort of share-house vibe and you can drink and smoke in there, so it's pretty chill. We had Andrew Hehir (aka "Idge") on mixing duties, and he just seems to get exactly what we're after. Basically we'd always just say "more verb, more dirt and more whack shit!" - Trent Sterling

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