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QUEEN ELEPHANTINE was formed in Hong Kong by teenage musicians Indrayudh Shome (guitar) and Danny Quinn (bass). The band started to play meditative heavy psychedelic music with jam character and developed their own style based on a high proportion of doom and stoner rock elements over the course of time. Together with Michael Scott Isley and Andrew Chu alternating behind the drum set their eponymous demo album with three jams appeared in 2006.

One year later the 'Ramesses' suite followed, completely improvised without any modification, as the contribution to a split CD worked out together with the band ELDER, this time with drummer Daniel Murphy. After some months the line-up changed once more. Isley rejoined whilst moving to Hong Kong as well as old friend Alex Buck (percussion). This four-piece lineup played several shows and started gaining a reputation.

QUEEN ELEPHANTINE then recorded the split album with SONS OF OTIS and the song 'The Sea Goat' as a sampler contribution for Catacomb Records. Not much later the group's first full-length album 'Surya' was released. When all members graduated from school the band broke up. Shome went to New York entrusted by Danny Quinn to hold up the band's spirit. In his school mate Rajkishen Narayanan (vocals, guitar) Shome found a new partner and congenial songwriter soon.

They played with a lot of musicians furthermore to find a suitable line-up including bassist Andrew Jude Riotto for their first few shows. Finally settling on Chris Dialogue (drums) and Brett Zweiman (bass) they recorded their first compositions together which were released as the EP 'Yatra'. Three tracks from sessions in April 2008 are unreleased but available online on their homepage under the title 'To Tartarus'.

QUEEN ELEPHANTINE is currently based in New York City. Reduced to the core members Shome and Narayanan they are working on the forthcoming sophomore full-length album 'Kailash'.

former members:
Faraz Usmani - bass
Brett Zweiman - bass
Kabir Hingorani - guitar
J. Alexander Buck - percussion/drums
Michael Scott Isley - drums
Daniel Murphy - drums
Chris Dialogue - drums
Daniel Quinn - bass

occasional & guest members:
Arthur Uriquola - guitar
Kyle Banick - guitar
Andrew Chu - drums

Rivertree (Uwe Zickel)

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 Kailash by QUEEN ELEPHANTINE album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.10 | 2 ratings

Queen Elephantine Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Prog-jester
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2 stars I like Stoner Doom, I've discovered so many good bands in the genre, but QUEEN ELEPHANTINE seems to be one of the least interesting among them. They're kinda psychedelic, but I'd rather call them boring. They have some exotic instrumentation here and there, but in terms of composition they just fail to keep attention. Meaningless endless jams just drag and drag, without any obvious reason, lacking vibe and groove. If you're into Indo Prog, Stoner Doom or Psychedelic Rock, you may try this one, but I doubt you'd like it. Others may miss it without hesitation, this is not anyone's cup of tea anyway.
 Surya by QUEEN ELEPHANTINE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.00 | 3 ratings

Queen Elephantine Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars 'Surya' is QUEEN ELEPHANTINE's first full album. The band started in Hong Kong but is situated in New York City in the meanwhile. Guitarist Indrayudh Shome represents the main constant of the group. The songs have a heavy psych origin and as for the characteristic expression they are also featuring a special hypnotic mood based on doom and stoner rock leanings.

Repetitive sitar tones are serving a slight asian background for the opener Queen Elephantine over the course of time. But really striking is the looped deep bass line, nearly threatening and reminding of BLACK SABBATH. This is acccompanied by some restrained drum activities - a really interesting and impressing start. Ramesses II is the ultimate slow-tempo doomer provided with somewhat other-worldly vocals. The song is trudging, only interrupted by some short episodes where the band is getting speed a little bit.

Kabir and Plasma Thaw are appearing in a more classic psychedelic vein with a strong stoner rock attitude. I'm wondering why they called their epic song Bison. Normally bisons are clumsy when grazing - and it's true - when listening to the song you might imagine thé gradual flow of a herd because the band provides monotonous slow-tempo jamming with little variations considering the length of more than 26 minutes. Not a lack of inspiration here - this exactly expresses the band's approach to make music I'm sure.

Although I'm not a fan of doom oriented music I can state that this album is well done. That's the main reason for the conclusion to give 3 stars. Lovers of heavy psych music with stoner rock and doom leanings should keep an eye on QUEEN ELEPHANTINE.

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