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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Chicago's celebrated torchbearers of instrumental metal from Pelican will return to Europe for a string of dates this Spring.
This marks the band's first European tour since the successes of the 2013 LP "Forever Becoming" and 2015's 4-track EP, "The Cliff" -- both released via Southern Lord -- as well as the 2014 "Arktika" live 2xLP. Catch these upcoming European Pelican tour dates:
4/28/2016 Astra- Berlin, DE @ Desertfest
4/29/2016 MTC Club - Koln, DE
4/30/2016 Electric Ballroom - London, UK @ Desertfest
5/01/2016 The Fleece - Bristol, UK
5/02/2016 Audio - Glasgow, UK
5/03/2016 Gorilla - Manchester, UK
5/04/2016 Le Grand Mix - Lille, FR
5/05/2016 La Maroquinerie - Paris, FR
5/06/2016 Dunk! Festival - Zottegem, BE
5/07/2016 Les Trinitaires - Metz, FR @ Young Team Festival
5/08/2016 Rote Fabrik - Zurich, CH
5/10/2016 Arena - Vienna, AT
5/11/2016 NOD - Prague, CZ
5/12/2016 Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE
5/13/2016 A Colossal Weekend - Copenhagen, DK More...
Southern California's raging doom quartet Goatsnake will join up with atmospheric post-rock artisans and Southern Lord labelmates Pelican for a run of tour dates through the Midwest U.S. together this December, marking Goatsnake's first time performing in the region.
The Goatsnake and Pelican tour festivities will begin in Indianapolis on December 12, with the show also featuring Bongripper. Post-show, an afterparty has been scheduled to take place at the local Kuma's Corner spot, where the bands' prior special burgers will be made available as a trio of miniatures.
The next show takes place on December 13 in Columbus, followed by Ferndale on the 14 and Chicago for the final show on the 15 with Cloakroom and Canadian Rifle. A complete list of upcoming tour dates is as follows: More...
Yesterday, Chicago's esteemed instrumental quartet Pelican announced a new EP, and today full details have become available.
The EP is due out through Southern Lord in the new year and is based around fresh re-imaginings of "The Cliff," a highlight from 2013's "Forever Becoming," and one recently completed new song.
Due out February 24th on 12" vinyl and digital formats, the four track "The Cliff" 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 the band's fourteen year career, vocals. The following press release was also issued:
"Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band's fold to transform the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. 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. More...
Pelican will soon be dropping an upcoming EP featuring vocals, and the band had this to say about the coming release:
"We're proud to announce the details of our new EP, 'The Cliff,' coming February 24th on Southern Lord Recordings, featuring remixes of the title track by Justin K Broadrick and Aaron Harris/Bryant Clifford Meyer of Palms/Isis + one new song and (for the second time in 14 year history) VOCALS by longtime friend Allen Epley of The Life and Times. Hear the full version of 'The Cliff (vocal Version)' via our friends MetalSucks.net below."
The promoters of Tucson, Arizona's Southwest Terror Fest have finalized the massive lineup for the 2014 installment of the event. Behold: Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front!
On October 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th, the third episode of the only major multi-day metal festival to annually invade the lower western territory of the U.S. will bring an incredible collective of bands into Tucson.
Having stepped up the hosting venues for this year's gathering, the three main night's events will be held at the historic Rialto Theatre in Tucson, with the kickoff show on Thursday and each night's after show throwdowns taking place at nearby The District Tavern.
Headlining acts for this year include the unstoppable and ever-morphing Neurosis, lords of decimating drone Sunn O))), and riff rock kingpins Goatsnake.
The rest of the lineup is set to include a widespread mix of national and local bands, with Pelican, -16-, The Body, Eagle Twin, Baptists, Author & Punisher, The Fucking Wrath, Primitive Man, Blackqueen, Night Demon, Obliterations, North, TOAD, Secrets Of The Sky, Godhunter, Sex Prisoner, Sorxe, Twingiant, Spiritual Shepherd, Windmill of Corpses, and Conqueror Worm.
Actual day-to-day lineups, ticketing info/packages and more on Southwest Terror Fest III will be released in the coming weeks. More...
Scrapyard Magazine is proud to announce Florida's first annual Southern Darkness Fest will take place on August 23rd, 2014 in Tampa/Ybor City. More names are still being confirmed, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
All Pigs Must Die
Mouth of the Architect
Order of the Owl
A Storm of Light
Everything Went Black
Set and Setting
Coming off of a recent North American headline tour, Cleveland's Ringworm has been added as a special guest to the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase.
The Showcase is set for Thursday, October 17th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY. Appearing alongside Ringworm will be Pelican, Primitive Man, Aksumite, Radiation Blackbody, and Hasj. The showcase is open to CMJ badge holders and tickets are available for purchase right here.
Ringworm released new EP "Bleed" in September via Relapse Records. Check it out below. More...
AUSTIN, TX (SEPTEMBER 12, 2013) - The eighth annual FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) unveils the daily schedule of music and comedy performances during the festival at Auditorium Shores in Austin November 8-10, 2013. Also just announced, is the FFF Nites lineup, which are the nightly after parties free with a festival wristband.
"There's really something for everyone in this year's daily lineup. Folks are in for a special treat on any of the three days," says FFF Fest Founder Graham Williams. "We're very excited about the amazing list of FFF Nites artists who help us keep the music going all weekend long."
Festival producers Transmission Events are once again bringing a mix of new, up-and-coming talent, rare performances, and fan favorites each day of the festival. And, the fun will continue after the park closes each night during FFF Nites with shows at participating venues all around Austin. The music of FFF Fest combines everything from indie rock to hip-hop, punk to electronic, metal to folk, comedy to action sports.
Check the schedule below to determine when to see bands such as Slayer, Gojira, Flag, Pelican, Cro-Mags, Quicksand and Body Count. More...
AUSTIN, TX (July 10, 2013) Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) is excited to announce the music lineup of the 8th annual festival to be held November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores in Austin. Weekend passes are on sale today at funfunfunfest.com
The lineup includes headliners M.I.A., Slayer, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Snoop Dogg, Descendents, Ice-T, Television, and FLAG (Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton). The full list of artists also includes performances from Big Freedia, Cut Copy, Ice-T’s Body Count, The Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill/Le Tigre), Deerhunter, Dismemberment Plan, Quicksand, Death Grips, Johnny Marr (of The Smiths), King Khan and the Shrines, Lupe Fiasco, Chelsea Light Moving (Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth), The Locust, Daniel Johnston, Unlocking the Truth, and more. Still to be announced is this year’s comedy programming. Additional musical acts may also be announced in August and September. More...
The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...
With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:
We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.
In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.
The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.
We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.
The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...
It was recently announced that Sunn O))) would be canceling its Australian tour dates, which were set to also include Pelican. Pelican has now posted the following statement online about the cancellation and further postponing of shows:
"We're disappointed to announce our upcoming dates in Australia/NZ have been cancelled. Not to add further bummers to the fire, but our Bangkok and Hong Kong shows have been postponed until we can reschedule the Australian tour."
Info on upcoming Pelican live activity can be found over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Aaron Turner of Hydra Head Records has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:
"Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We've spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos. Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time - the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we've worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself. Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn't an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn't think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever.
"The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we've been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances. More...
Eight more bands have been confirmed for MDF XI, which is to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Here are the latest bands confirmed:
PAGAN ALTAR (UK) - Exclusive US show!
VINTERLAND (Sweden) - Exclusive US show!
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
An updated list of confirmed bands up to now can be found below:
!T.O.O.H.! (Czech Republic) - Exclusive US show
AHUMADO GRANUJO (Czech Republic)
ANTAEUS (France) - Exclusive US show
AOSOTH (France) - Exclusive US show
CARCASS (UK) - Exclusive US show
CONVULSE (Finland) - Exclusive US show
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - Exclusive US show
Headliners and more band announcements are expected soon. With Sonar closing, information regarding the new venue is expected to be revealed sometime in August.
Illinois act Pelican has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec:
"It is with resignation that we report that our guitarist and founding member Laurent Schroeder-Lebec is taking an indefinite hiatus from the band. Many may have already noticed his absence from live shows over the last couple of years (he stopped traveling for out of town shows in 2010), his role as a composer is now also going on hold for the foreseeable future.
"The decision is not due to any internal turmoil or conflict - since our last full length album Laurent has made his family and career the central focus of his life, which the members of Pelican completely respect and honor. In 2010, when his interest in playing out of town declined, Laurent was the first to suggest that we find a substitute guitarist and continue getting the music out to our fans. He continued to play local shows with us and rehearse (in the rare instances that all four of us were in Chicago), but after recording sessions for our last EP, Ataraxia/Taraxis, when we were ready to begin writing our next album and began planning the writing sessions it would entail, Laurent confided that his heart wasn't fully in it and, rather than deliver music that was half-hearted, he would rather sit it out.
"Laurent is our friend and our brother - while his decision is disheartening, we completely respect it. We don't yet know what the repercussions of his departure will be, but we're thrilled by the strides made on our last EP and excited with the direction of the new material composed since its recording. Laurent has given us his blessing to carry on. For now Laurent's place at live shows will be filled, as it has been for the past two years, by the immensely talented Dallas Thomas of the superb band The Swan King - anyone who saw our shows out West last year or in Europe this Spring knows he is a shredder and fully up to the task. As for writing, we are currently working as a three piece since we're not looking to significantly alter the DNA on the compositional front. We hope that you stick with us and see what coming; as said previously we're very excited with the path we're on.
"We've said since day one that Pelican is and always will be the four of us - we stand by that statement. Laurent is an integral part of this band whether or not he is standing on stage or composing with us. His unique musical voice and confidence of purpose have impacted us all and is present in every show and note we play. Our best wishes are with him in everything he does."
Southern Lord has confirmed the details for a special free label showcase in Pomona, California this June 23rd.
As part of the massive Southern Lord label package tour set to tear through the country in the weeks ahead, the label showcase co-presented with Scion A/V metal will take place at The Glass House in Pomona, and will be the solitary manifestation of the entire tour to take place in Los Angeles County. The lineup for the show features all four core acts on the label tour -- Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd and Black Breath -- in addition to a special headlining guest appearance by labelmates Pelican.
As a free Scion A/V metal RSVP-only event the spots will fill up extremely fast. If you plan on attending, make sure to reserve your spot at this location.
The Southern Lord label tour will run through the U.S. for nearly a month, with the core acts Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd and Black Breath being joined by the likes of Poison Idea, Noothgrush, Pelican, Power Trip, Wild//Tribe, Dead In The Dirt, The Secret and more via special regional appearances. More...
The final details and routing for the previously-announced Southern Lord Summer package tour have been confirmed today. The tour is set to bring some of the label's newest and most promising acts as well as some heavy veterans on the eclectic but lethal roster together for a near month-long trek across the face of America.
The core acts for the tour include the Ontario-based hardcore/rock outfit Burning Love (featuring ex-Cursed vocalist), dark lords of Swedish crust Martyrdod, Milwaukee's metal/hardcore crossover outfit Enabler, and Seattle's d-beat/death-infused hardcore bastards Black Breath headlining the full tour. All four bands have brand new albums either already out or set to be unleashed based around the tour.
Special guests Poison Idea, Noothgrush, Pelican, Power Trip, Wild//Tribe, Dead in the Dirt, The Secret, and more will also infiltrate the routing, each with one or more regional performances throughout the debauchery-ridden escapade, and Southern Lord will also host a label showcase in Pomona, California with details to be announced in the coming weeks. More...
Pelican will be releasing the new EP "Ataraxia/Taraxis" this coming April. The band has now also announced it is seeking fans to help them out by creating a music video for the song "Lathe Biosas." You can check out the track, along with full details on the video creation contest, by heading over to Prefix Mag website here.
The follow-up to Pelican’s sprawling 2009 full length "What We All Come To Need," the new four song EP "Ataraxia/Taraxis," is set to be released via Southern Lord on April 10th. The band issued the following press release:
"With members now residing in separate cities, the EP represents a new chapter in the band’s evolution with a reenergized focus on composition and the utilization of the recording studio as a creative tool in the songwriting process, yielding one of the most diverse efforts in the band’s prolific discography. More...
Thunderous post-instrumental outfit Pelican has announced the follow-up to the sprawling 2009 full length "What We All Come To Need," a new four song EP "Ataraxia/Taraxis" to be released via Southern Lord on April 10th.
With members now residing in separate cities, the EP represents a new chapter in the band’s evolution with a reenergized focus on composition and the utilization of the recording studio as a creative tool in the songwriting process, yielding one of the most diverse efforts in the band’s prolific discography. The band issued the following press release:
"The four new songs highlight the manifold sonic strengths of the band by delving into moments of triumphant melodic rock, smokey doom, ambient soundscape, acoustic desert-folk, and minimalist electronics. In contrast to the EP’s origin as the product of four different recording studios, including stints with engineers Sanford Parker (Twilight, Circle of Animals, Nachtmystium) and Aaron Harris (ISIS), the carefully crafted track listing boasts a cohesive narrative flow, lending the release an epic feel worthy of a full album."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Lathe Biosas
3. Parasite Colony
Pelican also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
The mammoth five-date The Power of the Riff will invade the West Coast this week, kicking off with the main festival in Los Angeles this Saturday. Those in charge of the event want people there early to check out the new bands that are playing first, so the first 50 people through the doors at both the L.A. show this Saturday as well as the Seattle show on 8/18 will receive a $50 Converse Gift Card. Full show orders and set times for all five shows are posted below.
8/13/2011 Echo/Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Upstairs (The Echo)
Doors @ 12:00
PLAGUES 12:30 – 1:00
HARASSOR 1:15- 1:45
SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP 3:30-4:00
BAPTISTS 4:15- 4:45
SKIN LIKE IRON 5:00-5:30
MASAKARI 5:45- 6:15
BLACK BREATH 7:30-8:15
Doors – 2:30
EARLY GRAVES 3:00-3:30
BLACK COBRA 4:30-5:00
ALL PIGS MUST DIE 5:15- 6:00
TRAP THEM 6:15- 7:00
8/15/2011 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
Doors – 7:00 pm
ALL PIGS MUST DIE 8:30-9:00
BLACK BREATH 9:15-9:45
TRAP THEM 10:00-10:30
WINTER 12:00 -1:00 More...