Pelican will be back with a new EP before the end of the month called The Cliff (Southern Lord) and to make it interesting, Justin Broadrick of Godflesh remixed the title track, which you may listen to by clicking here.
Whiel the group has thrown out an EP or two here and there, this is Pelican’s first album since 2009’s What We All Come To Need (my review of which can be read by clicking here), but the group has not lost their power or intensity. It’s nice to hear what makes them so great, and that is tight musicianship mixed with arrangements that truly take you on an excursion before the band do it over and over again, making the listener feel exhausted but always satisfied. In the eight song/50 minute duration, one can actually imagine hearing this in colors, maybe the cover will bring to mind shades of blue or green, hints of yellow, or deep reds and oranges, and even though there are some nondescript grey tones, color is never too far from what Pelican are doing. Words are almost pointless with music like this, but hopefully the few I’ve written here will move you to check this out and listen without fear. Forever Becoming is music that blows away a thousand bands who often have too much to say but nothing to grip on afterwards.
(FAVORITE SONGS: “The Tundra”, “Perpetual Dawn”, “Deny The Absolute”.)
The album, called Forever Becoming, will be released on the 15th of October, and they will be going on tour in support of it. For now, you’ll be able to listen to a song from it called “Deny The Absolute”, but what makes this unique is that this mix/version/take will not appear on the album. It’s an alternate take, and it’s exclusive to the record. 2000 copies are being pressed up in the following color variations:
half gray/half white (1200)
white (300; exclusively being sold in stores)
clear w/ grey swirl (200; available only at shows)
You may pre-order the record in the available color variations by clicking here.
Now, the tour dates. Make sure you have proper lodging arrangements:
October 17-18… Brooklyn, NY (Saint Vitus) *
October 19… Allston, MA (Great Scott) *
November 1… Cleveland, OH (Peabody’s) ^
November 2… Washington, DC (DC9) ^
November 3… Philadelphia, PA (First Unitarian Church) ^
November 4… Chapel Hill, NC (Local 506) ^
November 5… Atlanta, GA (The Masquerade) ^
November 6… Birmingham, AL (Zydeco) ^
November 7… Baton Rouge, LA (Spanish Moon) ^
November 8-10… Austin TX (Fun Fun Fun Fest)
November 13… Chicago, IL (Bottom Lounge)
* w/ King’s Destroy
^ w/ Coliseum
A few weeks ago, Pelican revealed forthcoming tour dates in Europe, as they make their way to covering a number of music festivals.
The band are also releasing a 4-song EP on April 10th via Southern Lord called Ataraxia/Taraxis, and they’ve decided to share one of the songs from it, a nice one called “Lathe Biosas”. You can listen to it now or download it for free.
Has it really been two years since Pelican released an album? It has, and while they’re not going to come out with a new album, they are going to release new music in the form of an EP called Ataraxia/Taraxis (Southern Lord). As is the case with most EP’s, this new release will feature four songs, but this is Pelican and along with the sound fans have come to know and love will be a few new elements that will simply be added to bring more power to the trusted recipe. Here is the track listing:
2. Lathe Biosas
3. Parasite Colony
You’ll be able to hear these songs and more when they go on tour in Europe, taking on a number of Spring festivals:
April 6, 2012… Zottegem, BE (Dunk! Festival)
April 7, 2012… London, UK (The Garage (w/ Chelsea Wolfe)
April 8, 2012… Birmingham, UK (Vudu Club (w/ Chelsea Wolfe)
April 9, 2012… Leeds, UK (Brudenell Social Club)
April 10, 2012… Glasgow, UK (Stereo)
April 11, 2012… Manchester, UK (The Ruby Lounge)
April 12, 2012… Brighton, UK (The Haunt)
April 13, 2012… Bristol, UK (The Cooler)
April 14, 2012… Tilburg, NL (Roadburn Festival)
April 15, 2012… Paris, FR (La Maronquinerie)
April 16, 2012… Karlsruhe, DE (Jubez (w/ Tombs)
April 17, 2012… Dudingen, CH (Bad Bonn)
April 18, 2012… Milan, IT (Magnolia)
April 19, 2012… Munich, DE (Feierwerk (w/ Tombs)
April 20, 2012… Berlin, DE (Cassiopeia (w/ Tombs)
April 21, 2012… Helsinki, FI (Nosturi)
Mark April 10th on your mobile device, calendar, or stone tablets for the new music.
What We All Come To Need (Southern Lord) is Pelican‘s fourth album, and yet you feel sometimes that this the 1st, 7th, or 82nd. These guys do their thing instrumnetally, and in a world where words can sometimes do more damage than good, this is a good thing. Their brand of music mixes up hard rock and heavy metal overtones with subtle touches of pop, although the pop side isn’t so obvious from up above. Just as soul and funk fans adore the drum break, rock fans love sections of the song where the words stuff and the power playing begins, the riffs/riffage if you will. The guys in Pelican aren’t show-offy either, they play as if their lives depended on it, whiuch means everything is done for a reason, nothing goes overboard. When you want the heavy distorted moments that sound like the death orchestra lead by conductor Lord Satana, you can get that in a song like “The Creeper”. “Ephameral” may sound to you like the Faith No More sound that never was.
New fans may listen to this and come up with their own lyrics, and maybe that’s because they may feel these songs are empty or lopsided, in need of words and vocals. Allow the music to carry you through, and Pelican are just as progressive as Yes, Soft Machine, or Can, but in hard rock and metal forms.
It’s not 100 percent free of vocals, for they save things with the appropriately titled “Final Breath”. It’s almost sexual, the way the music excites, titilates, and makes you feel like you’re at the lip of going over the edge, and when you finally hear a human voice in “Final Breath”, you can’t help but let go and say “awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww yeah”. It reminded me a bit of some of Alice In Chains‘ best, and may be appealing to fans of Queens Of The Stone Age.
It’s a nice progression from their last album, City Of Echoes, but maybe it’s because it’s simply new music from one of my favorite bands. It’s new Pelican, what can you say?
Heavy is as heavy does, right? No, maybe that’s not right, but what is right is the sound of Pelican, who are about to release a new album on Southern Lord, What We All Come To Need. The band are about to head on tour in support of the album, while the show on September 22nd will feature them in a show alongside Sunn O))), Earth, and Eagle Twin, so bring earplugs or allow yourself to be a part of the communicable vibration. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
9/22/09 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Masonic Temple
10/18/09 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
10/19/09 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
10/20/09 Denver, CO The Marquis Theatre
10/21/09 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
10/22/09 Boise, ID Neurolux
10/24/09 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/25/09 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
10/27/09 San Francisco, CA Independent
10/28/09 West Hollywood, CA The Troubadour
10/29/09 San Diego, CA The Casbah
10/30/09 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
11/01/09 Austin, TX Emo’s
11/02/09 Dallas, TX Outland Ballroom
11/05/09 Iowa City, IA The Picador
11/28/09 Detroit, MI The Shelter
11/29/09 Buffalo, NY Soundlab
12/01/09 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
12/03/09 Allston, MA Harper’s Ferry
12/04/09 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
12/05/09 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
12/07/09 Atlanta, GA Earl
12/08/09 Birmingham, AL Bottletree Cafe
12/09/09 Knoxville, TN Cider House
12/10/09 Columbus, OH Ravari Room
12/11/09 Chicago, IL The Empty Bottle