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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.
Pitchfork Media have posted an MP3 of Chicago-based instrumental metalists Pelican's seven-minute title track from their upcoming full length, "City Of Echoes." You can download the MP3 here.
RUSSIAN CIRCLES are heading out on another US tour - this time with friends PELICAN and YOUNG WIDOWS. The tour will cover most of the MIDWEST with stops in MI, KY, and MO, amongst other areas. The tour dates are as follows:
Saturday, Mar 3rd, Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL, 8 PM, w/ Del Rey
Monday, Mar 5th, The House, Dekalb, IL, 8 PM, w/ Pelican and Young Widows
Tuesday, Mar 6th, Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI, 8 PM, w/ Pelican and Young Widows
Thursday, Mar 8th, Madhatter Club, Covington, KY, 8 PM, Pelican and Young Widows
Friday, Mar 9th, St. John's Center, Louisville, KY, 8 PM w/ Pelican, Young Widows,
Saturday, Mar 10th, Exit - In, Nashville, TN, 8 PM, w/ Pelican and Young Widows
Sunday, Mar 11th, Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA, 8 PM, w/ Pelican, Young Widows, AIDS Wolf, and Daughters
Monday, Mar 12th, Bottletree Lounge, Birmingham, AL, 8 PM w/ Pelican, Young Widows, Daughters
Tuesday, Mar 13th, Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA, 8 PM, w/ Pelican, Young Widows, Daughters
Wednesday, Mar 14th, Walters, Houston, TX, 8 PM, w/ Pelican, Young Widows, Daughters
Thursday, Mar 15th, SXSW, Austin, TX, 8 PM, and more TBA
Saturday, Mar 17th, Ridgelea Music Festival, Fort Worth, TX, 8 PM, w/ Pelican, Young Widows, These Arms Are Snakes
Sunday, Mar 18th, Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK, 8 PM w/ Pelican, Young Widows, These Arms Are Snakes
Monday, Mar 19th, Outland Ballroom, Springfield, MO, 8 PM w/ Pelican, Young Widows, These Arms Are Snakes
Tuesday, Mar 20th, Record Bar, Kansas City, MO, 8 PM, w/ Pelican and Young Widows
Wednesday, Mar 21st, The Picador, Iowa City, IA, 8 PM, w/ Pelican and Young Widows
Thursday, Mar 22nd, Knights of Columbus, Arlington Heights, IL, 8 PM, w/ Fear Before the March of Flames
Friday, Mar 23rd, Knights of Columbus, London, ON, 8 PM, w/ Fear Before the March of Flames
Sunday, Mar 25th, Babylon, Ottawa, ON, 8 PM, w/ Fear Before the March of Flames
Wednesday, Mar 28th, Club Infinity, Williamsville, NY/ 8 PM, w/ Fear Before the March of Flames
Friday, Mar 30th, Captain Tee's, Harrisonburg, VA, 8 PM, w/ Fear Before the March of Flames
Saturday, Mar 31th, Lucky's Pub, Wilmington, NY, 8 PM, w/ Fear Before the March of Flames
Sunday, Apr 1st, Sector 7g, Augusta, GA, 8 PM, w/ Fear Before the March of Flames
Pelican has lined up a host of March and April shows, including a two-week tour with Russian Circles and Young Widows, and a European tour with These Arms Are Snakes. Here are the tour dates:
3/5 De Kalb, IL @ The House w/ Russian Circles, Young Widows
3/6 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig w/ Russian Circles, Young Widows
3/8 Covington, KY @ Madhatter Club w/ Russian Circles, Young Widows
3/10 Nashville, TN @ Exit In w/ Russian Circles, Young Widows
3/12 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Lounge w/ Daughters, Russian Circles, Young Widows
3/13 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon w/ Daughters, Russian Circles, Young Widows
3/14 Houston, TX @ Walters w/ Daughters, Russian Circles, Young Widows
3/15 Austin, TX @ Emos (SXSW Hydra Head Records Showcase)
3/15 Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ Inside (invite only) w/ The Melvins, Boris, Panthers
3/19 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom w/ Russian Circles, Young Widows
3/20 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar w/ Russian Circles, Young Widows
3/21 Iowa City, IA @ The Picador w/ Russian Circles, Young Widows
4/5 Prague, CZ @ Palace Akropolis
4/6 Bielefeld, DE @ Ajz
4/7 Fernelmon, BE @ Rhaaa Lovely Festival
4/8 Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/9 Antwerp, BE @ Trix w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/10 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/12 Lausanne, CH @ La Romandie w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/13 Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Out Of The Crowd Festival w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/14 Southampton, UK @ Joiners w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/15 Birmingham, UK @ Barfly w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/16 Glasgow, UK @ ABC2 w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/17 Manchester, UK @ Satan's Hollow w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/18 Leeds, UK @ The Cockpit w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/19 London, UK @ Islington Academy w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/20 Brighton, UK @ Audio w/ These Arms Are Snakes
4/21 Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival w/ Neurosis, Om, Growing, Thrones, more
4/22 Dresden, DE @ Groovestation
Pelican will enter the studio next week to record a new full-length. Tracking will take place at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL with engineer Andrew Schneider (Cave In) at the helm. The effort will consist of roughly ten tracks, including "City of Echoes," "Blissin Concrete," "Dead Between the Walls," and "Spaceship Broken - Parts Needed."
Regarding the new material, the band states: "On a whole the songs are more concise and more aggressivebthan our prior work. Relentless repetition has taken a backseat to intensity and a desire to pack as many riffs as possible into each tune."
The album is tentatively slated for a May 2007 release via Hydra Head Records.
Chicago's Pelican is among those who contributed material to a new double DVD documentary titled The Run Up. The DVD focuses onmodern artists in the fields of graffiti, photography, tattoo, design, comics and other areas and features both interviews and music.
The band contributed "the acoustic song" from The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw which is untitled on the album. More...
Daughters front-man, Alexis Stephen Francis Marshall, was run out of LA’s Knitting Factory last week after showing off his “stuff” at their appearance with Pelican. Once being informed the police had arrived at the venue to take him into custody for indecent exposure, Alexis, aka Lex, reportedly cut the Daughters set short, jumped off stage, and hid at the nearest local bar until the dust settled, upon which time the band headed north to perform in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle, and have safely arrived in Canada where they will continue their tour of North America with Pelican.
Pelican, Daughters, and Ken Mode will be touring Canada together this fall as part of the Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Tour. Here are the tour dates:
10/1 Vancouver BC @ Lamplighter
10/3 Edmonton AB @ The Starlite
10/4 Calgary AB @ Warehouse Night Club
10/5 Regina SK @ The Exchange
10/6 Winnipeg MB @ Collective Cabaret
10/9 London ON @ Call the Office
10/10 Hamilton ON @ The Underground
10/11 Toronto ON @ The Mod Club
10/12 Ottawa ON @ Babylon
10/13 Quebec City QC @ L'Anti
10/14 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Supporting their latest full-length Instinct: Decay, US Black Metal act Nachtmystium have picked up a few dates out west this fall with Daughters and Pelican, proving that anything goes these days.
In other news the band will also be directly supporting Deicide on October 20th in Brooklyn, New York with a few other monstrosities, so definitely mark that on your hit-list if you're in the tri-state area.
Nachtmystium with Daughters and Pelican:
9/23 Tempe, AZ - The Sets
9/24 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction w/ Saviours
9/26 Los Angeles, CA - The Knitting Factory w/ Saviours
9/27 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall w/ Saviours
9/29 Portland, OR - Satyricon
9/30 Seattle, WA - Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading
10/20 Brooklyn, NY - North Six - NYDM Deathtoberfest - Direct support for Deicide also w/ Daath, Embalmer, Desolation, Godless Rising, Dimentianon
Pelican have a number of releases now planned for November, including a remix of their material done by Prefuse 73 which will see a release on a 3-inch CD and a 12". A live DVD that captured a show which took place in London, UK is also being prepped and was mixed by Justin Broadrick of Jesu fame. A 2xLP release featuring the audio of the set captured on the live DVD will also see a release as well. Pelican plan to begin recording new material for their next opus late this year/early next year.
Pelican have posted some details on their "brand new pimped-out DVD" due out in November. The band also mentioned recently that they have already written five songs for their follow-up to The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw:
"We're putting the finishing touches on a DVD that should be out this Fall. The centerpiece of the release will be a show we played at the London Scala back in December, but it will also contain some interviews and various songs culled from live sets of the past. In digging through our video archive we realized that we have very little footage from our tour with Mono which, hands down, were consistantly our favorite performances. If anyone out there has video from the recent tour - especially the Chicago show - please get in touch."
"Now that I'm thinking of other really good shows if anyone has video of our show in Groningen, Netherlands from our tour with Cave In get in touch about that."
The band will be heading out on tour with Daughters in September.
Pelican are looking for some video of their past shows for potential inclusion on their upcoming DVD outing which is due out this fall. More on that and what you can expect to see on the DVD can be found here.
Neurot Recordings artists MGR are playing a couple of live gigs with Pelican and Mono on the east coast. Here are the dates:
NYC at AVALON
8:00 p.m. w/ Pelican, Mono and Life and Times.
Philadelphia, PA at First Unitarian Church
8:00 p.m. w/ Pelican, Mono and Life and Times.
Pelican have posted a lengthy update regarding the latest band developments:
"Been meaning to post a new update to let you all know what's up since getting back from tour two weeks ago, but life gets pretty hectic when it only happens in small blocks between tours. Anyway, I'm here to set the record straight as quickly and clearly as possible.
Speaking of time off between tours - Larry didn't hardly have any! As I stated a little bit ago Lair of the Minotaur are currently on tour and need your support. I went out to their Washington D.C. date and they were phenomenal. Anyone missing out on this metal behemoth are out of their minds or simply don't enjoy banging their head as much as the next guy/girl/etc. More...
The first batch of confirmed dates for Pelican's upcoming US tour with Mono has been announced. Here are the latest dates:
5/9 New York, NY @ Avalon
5/10 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
5/11 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/13 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
5/14 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
5/15 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
5/17 Orlando, FL @ The Social
5/19 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
5/21 Houston, TX @ Walters
5/27 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
5/28 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
5/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
5/31 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
6/3 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
Dates for the upcoming Cave In and Pelican European tour have been announced and are as follows:
2/1 Munich, Germany @ Backstage Club
2/2 Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos Saal
2/3 Bielefeld, Germany @ Forum - Visions
2/4 Dormund, Germany @ FZW - Visions
2/5 Berlin, Germany @ Kato
2/7 Koln, Germany @ Prime Club
2/8 Tillburg, Holland @ O13
2/9 Deventer, Holland @ Burgerweeshuis
2/10 Groningen, Holland @ Vera
2/11 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
2/13 Geneva, Switzerland @ Usine
2/14 Bern, Switzerland @ Reitschule
2/16 Torino, Italy @ Spazio 211
2/16 Roma, Italy @ Cicolo Degli Artisti
2/17 Bologna, Italy @ Estragon Club
2/19 St. Feliu, Spain @ Palm Beach
2/20 Madrid, Spain @ Grunta 77
2/22 Lyon, France @ L'Epicerie Moderne
2/23 Poitier, France @ Le Confort Moderne
2/24 Paris, France @ La Boule Noire
2/25 Strasbourg, France @ La Laiterie
2/26 Antwerp, Belgium @ Hof Ter Loo
2/28 Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2
3/1 Glasgow, UK @ ABC 2
3/2 Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
3/3 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
3/4 London, UK @ Garage
Cave In recently completed a US tour with Doomriders, while Pelican just returned from a UK tour in December.
The initial tour dates for the 2006 Taste of Chaos tour, a near two-month jaunt featuring Adair, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Deftones, Dredg, Greeley Estates, Millionaire, Pelican, Silverstein, Story of the Year, Street Drum Corps, The Confession, The Receiving End of Sirens, and Thrice, have been announced.
The tour — nicknamed "Winter Warped" during its inaugural run last year — kicks off in San Diego on February 16 and snakes its way throughout the U.S. and Canada before coming to an end April 15 in Montreal.
A special ticket pre-sale begins Friday; fans can visit TasteOfChaos.com for more information.
Last year's version of Taste featured headliners the Used and My Chemical Romance and was so popular that it spawned a European sequel of sorts, also headlined by the Used, plus a tour-spanning DVD and a charity holiday comp, Taste of Christmas.
Here are the Taste of Chaos 2006 tour dates, according to event organizers: More...
More bands have been confirmed for 2006's Taste of Chaos Tour. The trek, which will be headlined the DEFTONES, will include performances by the following acts on select dates (in alphabetical order):
AS I LAY DYING
STORY OF THE YEAR
STREET DRUM CORPS
THE RECEIVING END OF SIRENS
Taste of Chaos Tour is scheduled to kick off February 15. A launch party will be held on December 10 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, featuring performances by the STREET DRUM CORPS, GYM CLASS HEROES and BLEED THE DREAM, among others.
Pelican will be touring the UK in December. Here are the tour dates:
12/12 Bristol, UK @ Thekla
12/13 Exeter, UK @ Cavern
12/14 Reading, UK @ Face Bar
12/15 Leeds, UK @ Joseph's Well
12/16 Nottingham, UK @ Horn In Hand
12/17 Dublin, IRE @ Whelan's
12/18 Glasgow, UK @ ABC2
12/19 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
12/20 London, UK @ King's Cross Scala
12/21 Birmingham, UK @ Medicine Bar
The following are the correct Fireball Ministry U.S. tour dates starting in October going through November. Here they are:
w/ Opeth, Pelican
10/9 Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
10/10 House Of Blues - Hollywood, CA
10/11 Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
10/12 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
10/14 Commodore - Vancouver, BC Canada
10/15 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
10/17 Lo-Fi Café - Salt Lake City, UT
10/18 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
10/20 Trees - Dallas, TX
10/21 Meridian - Houston, TX
10/22 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
10/24 Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
10/25 Pop's - St. Louis, MO
10/26 House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
10/27 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
10/28 Opera House - Toronto, ON, Canada
10/29 Medley - Montreal, QC, Canada
10/30 Palladium - Worcester, MA
w/ CKY, The Knives
11/1 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
11/2 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
11/4 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
11/5 Freebird Live - Jacksonville, FL
11/6 House Of Blues - Orlando, FL
11/7 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/9 Beta Bar - Tallahassee, FL
11/10 Juanita's - Little Rock, AR
11/12 La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
11/15 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
11/16 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
w/ H.I.M., Skindred, Finch
11/19 House of Blues - Atlantic City, NJ
11/21 Norva - Norfolk, VA
11/22 9:30 Club - Washington, D.C.
11/23 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
11/24 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
Jon Caramanica has written a surprisingly excellent article in the New York Times about the shift in metal and the rise of "art metal" and "post metal," the latter label I dislike more than the first. Here's an except to get you started:
You might not have known it from looking at the audience, but when the Chicago instrumental band Pelican performed at the Knitting Factory in late July, it was playing metal.
Instead of long hair and all-black outfits, the crowd was displaying the trappings of brainy, slightly nerdy indie rock. Young men wore artistically cropped hair and tight-legged jeans, and there was even a smattering of young women in librarian glasses and worn-out Chuck Taylor sneakers.
This is not your older brother's metal crowd. "I've been wearing my Def Leppard T-shirt on tour recently," said Laurent Lebec, a guitarist in Pelican and a fan of that archteypal 1980's metal band. "People come up to me and ask, 'Is that a joke?' I have to tell them that I don't wear T-shirts as a joke."
The particularly dark and aggressive strain of rock called heavy metal has been around for more than three decades. In that time, it has spawned a range of offshoots, but none have been as unlikely as the recent wave of bands using metal as a jumping-off point for a range of experimental styles, dabbling in free jazz, minimalist post-rock, noise and even modern classical music.
This is art-metal, a curious scene populated by a new generation of metal acolytes onstage and younger fans often unfamiliar with metal's headbanger heritage.
"Metal in general has long been unjustly maligned as solely the province of knuckle-dragging meatheads," said Aaron Turner, a founder of the influential Hydra Head Records, which has released three CD's by Pelican, including, recently, "The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw." "That said, there's never been a group of musicians like there is now, who are helping to advance the form."
Read the full article at New York Times.