Elephant Stone’s “History Repeating” Is A Plea For Reparations To Indigenous Canadians

[Cover photo credit to Laurine Jousserand] 

Montreal Psych-Rock outfit Elephant Stone have shared “History Repeating,” the second single from their upcoming album, Back Into the Dream, due out February 23rd, 2024.

Despite the track’s ethereal tone, the song centers around the issue of Canadian Indigenous history, “serving as a plea for the reparations owed to the nation’s native people.” 

Frontman and songwriter Rishi Dhir says:

History has a haunting tendency to repeat itself, from the scars of colonialism to the rise of authoritarian regimes. It’s as if we’re trapped in a loop, forever replaying the same tragedies. ‘History Repeating’ is my way of confronting these harsh realities, particularly as they relate to my home country of Canada, which was built on the deeply troubling foundations of genocide and ethnic cleansing targeted at Indigenous peoples. In recent years, thanks to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the appalling truths about our past have been laid bare…This song serves as an urgent plea: let’s break the cycle. Let’s learn from the darkest chapters of our history to create a more just and compassionate future.

Back Into the Dream itself dwells on “the mysteries of dreams, capturing the cycle of sleep and wakefulness.”

The band has also announced a North American tour set to kick off in 2024 with a hometown show in Montreal on March 22nd, 2024.

Elephant Stone 2024 Live Dates:
March 22        Montréal, QC @ Théâtre Outremont
March 23        Troy, NY @ No Fun
March 24        Somerville, MA @ The Rockwell
March 26        Brooklyn, NY @ TV Eye
March 27        Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
March 28        Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
March 29        Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
March 31        Toronto, ON @ The Baby G