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Pelican Profile

Chicago, United States (2001 – present)

Rising from the ashes of the band [ Tusk ], the instrumental post-metal outfit Pelican formed in Chicago, 2001, by guitarists Trevor de Brauw and Laurent Lebec with sibling rhythm section Larry Herweg and Bryan Herweg (drums and bass, respectively). Owing a great debt to pioneering forefathers [ Neurosis ] and often compared to Boston’s [ Isis ] and Sweden’s [ Cult of Luna ] Pelican were initially signed to Hydra Head Records (whose head, Aaron Turner, is a member of Isis).

After making their debut with an eponymous self-titled four-song EP “Pelican” in 2003, Pelican expanded their sound with 2004’s critically acclaimed “Australasia”. In 2005 Pelican released the “March Into the Sea” EP (featuring the original 20 minutes version), followed by, arguably, their most accomplished record to date, “The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw”. “City Of Echoes” was released June 5th, 2007. In 2009 the band signed with Southern Lord Records in preparation for the release of their fourth full album.

Pitchfork Quote: Rock music developed as an art form with vocals, so when people hear guitar, bass, and drums in unison now, they expect to hear vocals, too. That's a reasonable expectation. The human voice is the oldest musical instrument, and the one that resonates most frequently with people. Instrumental rock attempts to supply that resonance with, well, instruments. This is a difficult task, given that no musical instrument is as expressive as the human voice. Pelican have worked with these problems for most of this decade. Early efforts, a self-titled EP and the Australasia full-length, got by on power and a little atmosphere. At that time, the band sounded like a more expansive, drone-oriented Neurosis. Its riffs were dark, and its tones were thick. In that style of rock/metal, vocals are often screamed or growled, adding textural abrasion instead of functioning as a lyrical instrument. Thus, Pelican's lack of vocals wasn't noticeable, since their guitars more than compensated.

[ 2014 'ARKTIKA' ]. After four years of silence, instrumental metal standard bearers Pelican have come thundering back, with Forever Becoming, an eight-song album destined to be considered one of the most punishingly rewarding albums of the year. Before their hiatus, the group had laid a sizeable chunk of the groundwork for the instrumental metal scene that’s come into its own in the 13 years since they started playing together. After 2009 the band found itself slightly adrift, and found the day to day struggle of being full-time underground musicians colliding with new families and non-musical careers. Wisely, they didn’t make any rash decisions, and as suits a band known for making dense, meditative sounds they simply patiently figured out how to move past their obstacles.


Credits Released 24 February 2015 Available Format: Digital MP3 & Vinyl

"The Cliff” is a new “vocal driven” 12” /EP release from Chicago's esteemed instrumental quartet Pelican. The 12” vinyl is fresh re-imaginings of 'The Cliff', a highlight from their most recent album, 2013's Forever Becoming, and one recently completed new song. The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band’s fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley’s seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on “The Cliff” as the members behind the music, a claim those who have listened to Epley’s contribution on “Final Breath” from 2009’s What We All Come To Need will attest to. Elsewhere on the record, Justin Broadrick and AH/BCM turn in fresh takes of the source material, feeling less like remixes than new compositions reworked from the original source. Rounding out the set is the previously unreleased song “The Wait”, a contemplative semi-acoustic simmer that builds to an explosion of cathartic distortion and melody in true Pelican fashion.

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pelican - The Cliff EP Artist - Pelican Album - The Cliff EP Release Date - 2015 Genre - Post-rock, Post-metal, Experimental, Sludge-metal [ BRILLIANT ] Tracklist 1. The Cliff (Vocal Version) 04:03 2. The Cliff (Justin Broadrick Remix) 08:27 3. The Cliff (Palms Remix) 06:08 | 4. The Wait 06:01 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pelican - The Cliff EP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pelican - Arktika Artist - Pelican Album - Arktika [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2014 Genre - Instrumental, Post-rock, Post-metal, Experimental, Sludge-metal [ BRILLIANT ] Tracklist 1. The Creeper 07:14 2. Lathe Biosas 04:52 3. Ephemeral 05:27 4. Deny The Absolute 06:18 5. Parasite Colony 04:39 6. Immutable Dusk 07:24 7. Strung Up From The Sky 06:40 8. Dead Between The Walls / Mammoth 14:33 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pelican - Arktika -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pelican - Forever Becoming Artist - Pelican Album - Forever Becoming [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2013 Genre - Instrumental, Post-rock, Post-metal, Experimental, Sludge-metal Tracklist Disc 1 1. Pelican - Terminal (3:27) 2. Pelican - Deny The Absolute (5:35) 3. Pelican - The Tundra (5:13) 4. Pelican - Immutable Dusk (7:01) 5. Pelican - Threnody (8:07) 6. Pelican - The Cliff (4:06) 7. Pelican - Vestiges (7:15) 8. Pelican - Perpetual Dawn (9:28) Tracklist Disc 2 01 - Bardo 02 - Deny The Absolute (7 version) 03 - The Truce (7 version) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP Pelican - Forever Becoming FILEFACTORY Pelican - Forever Becoming -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Pelican Album - Ataraxia/Taraxis Release Date - 2012 Genre - Instrumental, Post-rock, Post-metal, Experimental, Sludge-metal Tracklist 01 – Ataraxia 02 – Lathe Biosas 03 – Parasite Colony 04 – Taraxis -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP Pelican - Ataraxia/Taraxis FILEFACTORY Pelican - Ataraxia/Taraxis -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Pelican Album - What We All Come To Need Release Date - 2009 Genre - Post-rock, Post-metal, Post-hardcore Tracklist 1) Glimmer 2) The Creeper 3) Ephemeral 4) Specks Of Light 5) Strung Up From The Sky 6) An Inch Above Sand 7) What We All Come To Need 8) Final Breath -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP Pelican - What We Shall Come To Need FILEFACTORY Pelican - What We Shall Come To Need -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- pelican-ephemeral-ep1 Artist - Pelican Album - Ephemeral Ep Release Date - 2009 Genre - Post-rock, Post-metal, Post-hardcore Tracklist 01 - Embedding The Moss 02 - Ephemeral 03 - Geometry Of Murder (Earth Cover) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP Pelican - Ephemeral Ep FILEFACTORY Pelican - Ephemeral Ep -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- pelican-city-of-echoes Artist - Pelican Album - City of Echoes Release Date - 2007 Genre - Post-rock, Post-metal, Post-hardcore Tracklist 1 Bliss in Concrete 5:29 2 City of Echoes 7:05 3 Spaceship Broken-Parts Needed 6:03 4 Winds With Hands 3:56 5 Dead Between the Walls 5:05 6 Lost in the Headlights 4:09 7 Far From Fields 5:17 | 8 A Delicate Sense of Balance 5:24 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP Pelican - City of Echoes FILEFACTORY Pelican - City of Echoes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- pelican-the-fire-in-our-throats-will-beckon-the-thaw Artist - Pelican Album - The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw Release Date - 2005 Genre - Post-rock, Post-metal, Post-hardcore Tracklist 1 Last Day of Winter 9:36 2 Autumn into Summer 10:44 3 March to the Sea 11:37 4 [Untitled] 4:43 5 Red Ran Amber 11:20 6 Aurora Borealis 4:55 | 7 Sirius 5:47 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP Pelican - The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw FILEFACTORY Pelican - The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- pelican-pelican Artist - Pelican Album - Untitled EP Release Date - 2003 Genre - Post-rock, Post-metal, Post-hardcore Tracklist 1 Pulse 4:01 2 Mammoth 4:57 3 Forecast for Today 7:29 4 The Woods 12:57 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP Pelican - Untitled EP FILEFACTORY Pelican - Untitled EP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- pelican-australasia Artist - Pelican Album - Australasia Release Date - 2003 Genre - Post-rock, Post-metal, Post-hardcore Tracklist 1 NightEndDay 11:14 2 Drought 8:23 3 Angel Tears 10:59 4 gw 3:34 5 [Untitled Track] 5:20 6 Australasia 10:48 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP Pelican - 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