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Below is our complete Pelican news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Southern Lord Recordings has announced the signing of Chicago heavy-rock instrumental icons Pelican. "Their genre-defying sound and eagerness to explore new musical directions will fit right at home alongside similar bands on the label like Earth, Boris and sunn 0)))," states the press release.
Pelican is currently at Red Room studios in Seattle, WA recording an EP that will be their first release on Southern Lord. The new material promises to be heavier, darker and very "riff-oriented" comments guitarist Trevor De Brauw. A very special guest guitarist who has been heavily influential to the band will be making a guest appearance as well. More details will be revealed shortly.
In March, Pelican will be touring alongside new label mates Wolves In The Throne Room, including a triumphant return to the South By South West music fest in Austin, TX at the Southern Lord showcase. Upon returning home Pelican will focus their sights on their 4th full-length album.
Here are the latest Pelican March/April 2009 tour dates: More...
Live footage of Pelican performing in Birmingham, Alabama has been posted online thanks to PBS - Alabama Public Television. You can watch the video below. More...
Pelican's second and final video from "City of Echoes," "Lost in the Headlights," is premiering this weekend. The video has been released on MTV2's Headbangers Blog and can be seen on Headbangers Ball this Saturday between 2am-3am EST and 11pm-12am PST. If you do the DirectTV thing, it airs live from the East Coast feed. The band is fairly certain that it is the first video to air that night, so tune in early.
You can also watch the video below. More...
After reading the recent news of Pelican's robbery in Rome, Shawn at KNVBI records has offered to help out the band. All profits from music purchased from myspace.com/knvbirecords or knvbirecords.com until Thanksgiving will go toward Pelican to help them recover the loss.
As previously reported, while in Rome, Pelican had their van broken into. Four bags were stolen, the contents including computers, passports, wallets, ipods, our soundguy's microphone collection, and, most devastatingly, a number of personal journals and two portable recording devices containing hours of song ideas that are now lost forever, amounting to several thousands of dollars in loss for the band.
The band Pelican issued the following statement pertaining to a robbery that they were victims to two days ago:
"Our otherwise excellent tour of Europe hit a severe stroke of bad luck this week. Two days ago we had a spare half hour to spend in Rome before heading to the venue, so we decided to go see the Coliseum. We parked nearby and went to take a brief twenty minute walk around the area. When we returned to our van we found that it had been broken into, despite being parked on a major street in broad daylight. Four bags were stolen, the contents including computers, passports, wallets, ipods, our soundguy's microphone collection, and, most devastatingly, a number of personal journals and two portable recording devices containing hours of song ideas that are now lost forever.
"The calculated loss of this theft is several thousands of dollars. Unfortunately our band only earns us a very meager living and some of us are already in the hole from years of trying to make a living as musicians. This incident therefore poses a devastating loss and puts us in a very compromised financial position. Although we realize that there is a worldwide financial crisis going on, if there are those of you who have the means and desire to help out our gratitude would run deeper than words could express. We've set up a Paypal account at the address email@example.com. Anything you can offer, even simple condolences, would go a long way. Thanks so much for reading."
There has been no indication that the band will halt their current European tour.
Hydra Head Records has announced their second ever Champions of Sound US Tour. Originally conceived in 2003 and also featuring label staples and instrumental metal masters, Pelican, this year's trek sees avant-metal pioneers Kayo Dot, supporting their latest "Blue Lambency Downward," and Cave-In frontman Stephen Brodsky support his psychedelic rock masterpiece that is "The Black Ribbon Award." Joining the bill in major cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, are Zozobra, whose latest, "Bird of Prey," was recently released this summer.
Here are the latest Champions of Sound 2008 tour dates featuring Pelican, Kayo Dot and Steve Brodsky: More...
Since "Meanderthal" was released in April Toche has been on the road around 11 weeks in the US doing various stints with label mates Harvey Milk and Clouds, a full summer tour with their new friends Boris, as well as a dates with the Sword. Up next they co-headline Europe and the UK with Pelican in to early October, and then two weeks later head out again in the US, but this time headlining for the first time since the albums release. Clouds are the partners in crime for the entire run, while Coliseum and Black Cobra split the the tour as support. Squeezed in there somewhere in early November are their debut set of dates in Japan with Coliseum in support.
8/31 Orlando, FL @ The Back Booth
9/12 Brighton, UK @ Engine Room w/ Pelican
9/13 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation w/ Pelican
9/14 Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor w/ Pelican
9/15 Belfast, UK @ The Limelight w/ Pelican
9/16 Dublin, UK @ Whelans w/ Pelican
9/17 Birmingham, UK @ Medicine Bar w/ Pelican
9/18 London, UK @ Underworld w/ Pelican
9/19 Bristol, UK @ Croft w/ Pelican
9/20 Hasselt, BE @ Muziekodroom w/ Pelican
9/21 Tilburg, NL @ ZXZW Festival w/ Pelican
9/22 Munster, DE @ Gleiss 22 w/ Pelican
9/23 Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang w/ Pelican
9/24 Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen w/ Pelican
9/25 Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia w/ Pelican
9/26 Munich, DE @ Feierwerk w/ Pelican
9/27 Frankfurt, DE @ Nachtleben w/ Pelican
9/28 Dresden, DE @ Beatpol w/ Pelican
9/29 Prague, CZ @ Rock Cafe w/ Pelican
9/30 Budapest, HUN @ A38 w/ Pelican
10/1 Vienna, AT @ Arena w/ Pelican
10/3 Rome, IT @ Init w/ Pelican
10/4 Brescia, IT @ Latte+ w/ Pelican
10/5 Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn w/ Pelican
10/6 Stuttgart, DE @ Club Schocken w/ Pelican
10/7 Paris, FR @ Glazart w/ Pelican
10/8 Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix w/ Pelican
10/9 Vitry Le Francois, FR @ Orange Bleu w/ Pelican
10/10 Koln, DE @ MTC w/ Pelican
10/11 Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique w/ Pelican
10/12 Rotterdam, NL @ Waterfront w/ Pelican
10/24 Athens,GA @ Caladonia w/ Clouds, Coliseum
10/25 Memphis TN @ The Hi-Tone w/ Clouds, Coliseum
10/26 St. Louis, MO @ The Blue Bird w/ Clouds, Coliseum
10/27 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot w/ Clouds, Coliseum
10/28 Denver, CO @ Larimer w/ Clouds, Coliseum
10/29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki w/ Clouds, Coliseum
10/30 Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Clouds, Coliseum
10/31 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ Clouds, Coliseum
11/1 Portland, OR @ Satricon w/ Clouds, Coliseum
11/3 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s w/ Clouds, Coliseum
11/7 Tokyo, Japan @ Shin Okubo Earthdom w/ Coliseum
11/8 Osaka, Japan @ Juso Fandango w/ Coliseum
11/9 Aichi, Japan @ Ikeshita club upset w/ Coliseum
11/10 Kanagawa, Japan @ Yokohama FAD w/ Coliseum
11/11 Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya O-Nest w/ Coliseum
11/14 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah w/ Clouds, Black Cobra
11/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland w/ Clouds, Black Cobra
11/16 Phoenix, AZ @ Phix Gallery w/ Clouds, Black Cobra
11/17 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock w/ Clouds, Black Cobra
11/19 San Antonio,TX @ Rock Bottom w/ Clouds, Black Cobra
11/20 Austin, TX @ Red Seven w/ Clouds, Black Cobra
11/21 Dallas, TX @ The Lounge on Elm St w/ Clouds, Black Cobra
11/22 Houston,TX @ Walter’s on Washington w/ Clouds, Black Cobra
11/23 New Orleans, LA @ Dragon’s Den w/ Clouds, Black Cobra
Pelican has a bunch of touring, split releases and more video goodness upcoming. Here's an update from the band:
"So, folks, it has been quite awhile since a proper update on what's going on. We've been mostly taking Summer off, which is why there's been little to report. But we are revving into full gear for the Fall, so it's time to let you in on what's up our collective sleeves.
"First up to deck is our upcoming European tour with our trusted and talented labelmates Torche. Their new record 'Meanderthal' has been the soundtrack for the summer, and if their opening stint for Boris in Chicago was any indication folks had better ready to be pummeled with a combination of melody and pure heaviness. The tour begins September 12th and runs through October 12th. We will be hitting tons of places we've been before, but also a bunch of places we haven't. See our upcoming shows sections for more info. More...
Labelmates Pelican and Torche have announced a month-long run of European tour dates starting in mid-September. Here are the latest dates:
9/12 Brighton, UK @ Engine Room
9/13 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
9/14 Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
9/15 Belfast, UK @ The Limelight
9/16 Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans
9/17 Birmingham, UK @ Medicine Bar
9/18 London, UK @ Underworld
9/19 Bristol, UK @ Croft
9/20 Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziekodroom
9/21 Tilburg, Netherlands @ ZXZW Festival
9/22 Munster, Germany @ Gleis 22
9/23 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
9/24 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
9/25 Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
9/26 Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
9/27 Frankfurt, Germany @ Nachtleben
9/28 Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol
9/29 Prague, Czech Republic @ Rock Cafe
9/30 Budapest, Hungary @ A38
10/1 Vienna, Austria @ Arena
10/3 Rome, Italy @ Init
10/4 Brescia, Italy @ Latte+
10/5 Dudingen, Switzerland @ Bad Bonn
10/6 Stuttgart, Germany @ Club Schocken
10/7 Paris, France @ Glazart
10/8 Tourcoing, France @ Le Grand Mix
10/9 Vitry Le Francois, France @ Orange Bleu
10/10 Koln, Germany @ MTC
10/12 Rotterdam, Nertherlands @ Waterfront
Pelican recently took a trip out to Los Angeles to shoot their first official music video, for the song "Dead Between the Walls" from "City of Echoes." The video made its debut at the blog arm of MTV's Headbangers Ball. Your can see it here or below (after the jump).
The video will make its television debut this Saturday, May 17th on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. More...
As they head out west to begin their tour with Thrice and Circa Survive, Pelican will be stopping in Omaha, NE for an in-store performance at Homers Music Orchard Plaza on Saturday April 12th. more info can be found at www.homersmusic.com.
In addition, they will be doing a second in-store performance the following day, Sunday April 13th in Denver, CO at Twist & Shout at 4pm. info on this one can be attained from www.twistandshout.com.
Thrice will headline a U.S. tour this spring with support from Circa Survive and Pelican. Here are the tour dates so far:
4/16 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
4/18 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
4/19 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
4/21 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
4/22 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
4/23 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
4/25 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
4/26 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/27 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
4/29 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
4/30 St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
5/2 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
5/3 Richmond, VA @ The National
5/4 East Rutherford, NJ @ The Bamboozle Festival
5/6 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
5/7 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
5/8 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café
5/9 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
5/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
5/12 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
5/13 Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
5/14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
5/15 Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo's
5/16 Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/17 Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
5/20 Denver, CO @ Ogden
5/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
5/23 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
5/24 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
5/25 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/27 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/28 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/29 Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
Thrice is about mid-way into their short Canadian/U.S. tour with Say Anything.
After the monumental response to the US dates Black Cobra opened for The Sword at the end of last year, both bands will hit the UK in March together, joined this time by Saviours.
Black Cobra in the US with Pelican, Unearthly Trance:
02/28/2008 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
02/29/2008 The House - Dekalb, IL
03/01/2008 Rhino's All Ages Music Club - Bloomington, IN
03/02/2008 The Gargoyle - St Louis, MO
03/04/2008 Hi Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN
03/05/2008 Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
03/06/2008 Sluggo's - Pensacola, FL w/City of Ships
03/07/2008 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL
03/08/2008 The Big Cypress Reservation / Langerado Fest - Clewiston, FL
03/10/2008 The Social - Orlando, FL
03/12/2008 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
03/13/2008 Casbah at Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
03/15/2008 Headliners Music Hal - Louisville, KY w/Your Black Star
Black Cobra in Europe with The Sword, Saviours:
03/25/2008 Rock City - Nottingham, UK
03/26/2008 Carling Academy Oxford - Oxford, UK
03/27/2008 Carling Academy Birmingham - Birmingham, UK
03/28/2008 Manchester Academy - Manchester, UK
03/29/2008 King Tut's Wah Wah Hut - Glasgow, UK
03/30/2008 The Sugarmill - Stoke, UK
04/01/2008 T.J.'s - Newport, UK
04/02/2008 Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth, UK
04/03/2008 The Underworld - London, UK
04/04/2008 Colchester Arts Centre - Colchester, UK
Pelican has lined up a brief tour to supplement their journey to the Langerado Festival in Southern Florida. They will be joined by Unearthly Trance and Black Cobra. Here are the tour dates:
2/28 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
2/29 Dekalb, IL @ The House
3/1 Bloomington, IN @ Rhino's All Ages Music Club
3/2 St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle
3/4 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
3/5 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
3/6 Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
3/7 Gainesville, FL @ Common Ground
3/8 Big Cypress, FL @ Langerado Festival (Pelican only)
3/10 Orlando, FL @ The Social
3/12 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
3/13 Charlotte, NC @ Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
3/15 Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Roadburn.com just posted a studio report on the making of Pelican's "City of Echoes." The website is sponsoring their upcoming European tour with High on Fire. The tour starts next week and tour dates can be found below.
Pelican will be a part of Langerado Music Festival in March 2008 near Ft Lauderdale, Florida. They will be touring around that time, hitting cities that they didn't hit last time around.
The long awaited, often-delayed, but now back on track "After the Ceiling Cracked" DVD + 3" CD will be out on December 4th. For those who do not know, the DVD's centerpiece is a full concert in London from December of 2005 documented by four camerapeople with Jesu mastermind Justin Broadrick manning the console for both the live and recorded sound mix. The DVD is chock full of photos and songs from several other shows spanning their career. The 3" CD is the digital version of the tunes from the recently released "Pink Mammoth" 10" EP with an additional collaborative version of the title track featuring contributions from the boys in These Arms Are Snakes.
Here are the latest Pelican tour dates with High On Fire: More...
HIGH ON FIRE and PELICAN will team up for co-headlining European tour this winter. The tour is set to kick-off on November 14 in The Netherlands and continue on for five weeks covering ground all across Europe.
This tour will come on the heels of HIGH ON FIRE's current North American headlining tour with MONO, PANTHERS, and COLISEUM. HIGH ON FIRE launched their '"Death Is This Communion World Tour" in early September with a brief European run before embarking upon North America. A complete listing of confirmed HIGH ON FIRE tour dates can be found below with more to be announced shortly.
HIGH ON FIRE saw the release of their brand new album "Death Is This Communion" on September 18 in North America (September 24 internationally). The band recently lensed a video for "Death Is This Communion" track "Rumors Of War" that is scheduled to make its world premier on Monday, October 1. "Rumors Of War" can be heard now via the band's MySpace page.
Here are the band's upcoming tour dates: More...
In December Pelican and High On Fire will team up for a UK tour. Here are the planned tour dates:
12/10 Belfast @ Limelight
12/11 Dublin @ Whelans
12/12 Sunderland @ Independent
12/13 Glasgow @ Oran Mor
12/14 Bristol @ Cooler
12/15 Birmingham @ Barfly
12/16 Sheffield @ Corporation
12/17 London @ ULU
Pelican has just embarked on a tour of Japan and Australia this week.
These Arms Are Snakes has announced plans for a split release with Pelican. The effort should be available late this year via Hydra Head Records. Here's a word from TAAS on the matter:
"[Pelican will] redo one of their old songs and we added parts to it and we'll be redoing one of our old songs and they add their own flavor to it. Brilliant. We promise to not redo a shitty old song."
Pelican will tour both Japan and Australia this fall. Here are the tour dates:
9/24 Osaka, Japan @ Unagidani Sunsui w/ Envy, KTL
9/25 Nagoya, Japan @Ikeshita Club Upset w/ Envy, KTL, Nice View, Urthona
9/26 Tokyo, Japan @ Shin Okubo Earthdom w/ Envy
9/27 Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya O-Nest w/ KTL
10/3 Brisbane, Australia @ The Zoo w/ The Stockholm Syndrome
10/4 Sydney, Australia @ Manning Bar w/ The Stockholm Syndrome
10/5 Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel w/ The Stockholm Syndrome
More Pelican dates have been revealed, here's the latest:
July 27th Baltimore, MD - Ottobar (Feat. Earth, Priestbird, Your Black Star)
July 31st Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn (Feat. Clouds, Fatal Flying Guillotines)
August 01st Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club (Feat. Clouds, Fatal Flying Guillotines)
August 03rd Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon (Feat. Clouds, Fatal Flying Guillotines)
August 04th Austin, TX - Emo's Jr (Feat. Clouds, Fatal Flying Guillotines)
August 07th Albuquerque, NM- Launchpad (Feat. Clouds)
August 09th San Diego, CA - Casbah (Feat. Clouds)
August 16th Seattle, WA - Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room (Feat. Clouds, Gargantula)
August 19th Denver, CO - Marquis Theater (Feat. Clouds)
August 20th Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep (Feat. Clouds)
August 21st Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room (Feat. Clouds)
August 22nd Iowa City, IA - The Picador (Feat. Clouds)