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Chicago, United States (2001 – present)

Formed by previous members of the band Tusk, the outfit Pelican formed in Chicago in 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 the pioneering band Neurosis, and often compared to Boston’s Isis and Sweden’s Cult of Luna, Pelican were initially signed to Hydra Head Records (whose founder, Aaron Turner, was 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, “What We All Come To Need”. Matthew Santoro directed the video for “Final Breath”, the only track to date by Pelican using vocals; this can be found on Vimeo.

In 2010, Pelican played two 10th Anniversary shows; one at Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA and one at Bottom Lounge in their home city of Chicago, IL.

2) Pelican, an Icelandic rock band founded by Pétur Kristjánsson.


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  • SkullCrusher1A

    There's a great clip in a live Thrice video where you can see a tough-looking guy in a Pelican shirt.

    28 Mar 2:31am Reply
  • kurepchik

    brainbrain, да, очень плохо, что такие плохие люди слушают такую хорошую группу и еще и описывают ее.

    27 Mar 9:10am Reply
  • RustAxe

    ахаха да описание просто шикарное

    26 Mar 12:51pm Reply
  • AH4OYS


    18 Mar 7:26pm Reply
  • I0000000000000I

    The Cliff is great! Take this singer and this remixer in your band and make a new album.

    13 Mar 7:55pm Reply
  • colleenmedley

    Throwback to Pelican/Torche tour in '08! Check out the latest from Torche and ya won't be disappointed:

    10 Mar 7:20am Reply
  • AtmosphericPhil

    tbh I'm glad i didn't order The Cliff 12". The EP is pretty dissapointing... The Wait is really good, though.

    25 Feb 7:36pm Reply
  • brainbrain

    господи иисусе, какое же ущербное описание.

    25 Feb 1:15pm Reply
  • Pimpology

    Still waiting for them to top "The Woods" if that is even possible

    7 Feb 6:01pm Reply
  • primaveranegra VOTE UP!!!

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • cloudinabottle

    our raw post-rock demo can be found at celestial and warm. thanks.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Festrada1987

    My favorite band, fuck yeah Pelican!!!!!!

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • AtmosphericPhil

    Perpetual Dawn is epic. One of the best Pelican songs.

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • DarkMessengerVI

    my favorite is Final Breath, it's so good!

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • krumbledkookie

    I think Forever Becoming was a righteous return to form, after personally being disappointed with the previous album. It doesn't touch The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, but at times it comes pretty close. By the way, while I'm on the topic of The Fire in Our Throats... why is it not in the top 4 albums? I always though it pretty clear that it was their strongest record by far...

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Sarguer

    I'm a total metalhead, and still I think their City of Echoes and later albums are their best works. New album seems like a healthy continuation of a good tradition.

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • overwriteitall

    Nice vzshvzshvzshvzshvzshvzsh post-metal/sludge sound!

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    God they CRUSHED Southern Darkness Fest. Was surprised to see a pit break out for them, and they we're too!

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • skeletonghost

    Play a show in your home city, damn it!

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Kivul

    They released new album? I quess I must come back to them and reavaluate their discography. Last time I was here I was huge post-metal/sludge guy, so I pretty much went mostly with Mammoth EP, but now, after like two years, I'm going on with post-rock phase, so I believe I can find the point I missed back then and discover them anew. Or not : )

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
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