Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA  
Genres: Instrumental, Atmospheric Hardcore
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Page online: July 23, 2005
Last update/review: July 5, 2019

Pelican

It can be either a blessing or a curse when a band's style can be summed up in a short sentence or phrase -- it's a blessing in that a potential fan base is easily identified, but a curse in that the band might feel pigeonholed or unfairly categorized. In the case of Pelican, the phrase would be "Isis without vocals". It would be unfair to stop the review there, as Pelican is more than an Isis clone, but as a basic description of where these guys are coming from, it sums up the situation nicely. The lack of vocals aren't particularly missed, since bands of this ilk often write songs with long, drawn-out instrumental passages that ebb and flow, with vocals almost an after-effect. Thus far the band has released one full-length album and two long EPs (at around 30 minutes each, the EPs are practically full-lengths themselves), and they've really nailed the atmospheric post-hardcore style quite well indeed (Neurosis, of course, is still the standard-bearer here -- while Isis sounds like Neurosis and Pelican sounds like Isis, Pelican sounds more like Isis than Neurosis, if that makes sense).

Recent album: Nighttime Stories, released on June 7, 2019.

Current Members

Trevor De Brauw

guitars

Dallas Thomas

guitars

Bryan Herweg

bass

Larry Herweg

drums (ex-Lair Of The Minotaur)

Former Members/Guests

Laurent Lebec

guitars



Discography



Pelican  EP
2003 Hydra Head
  1. Pulse
  2. Mammoth
  3. Forecast for Today
  4. The Woods
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Laurent Lebec
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



Australasia  
2004 Hydra Head
  1. NightEndDay
  2. Drought
  3. Angel Tears
  4. gw *
  5. Australasia
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Laurent Lebec
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



March Into The Sea  EP
2005 Hydra Head
  1. March Into the Sea
  2. Angel Tears (JK Broadrick remix)
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Laurent Lebec
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw  
2005 Hydra Head
  1. Last Day of Winter
  2. Autumn into Summer
  3. March to the Sea
  4. -
  5. Red Ran Amber
  6. Aurora Borealis
  7. Sirius
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Laurent Lebec
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg
2005 Readers' Album #78




City Of Echoes  
2007 Hydra Head
  1. Bliss in Concrete
  2. City of Echoes
  3. Spaceship Broken-Parts Needed
  4. Win With Hands
  5. Dead Between The Walls
  6. Lost in the Headlights
  7. Far From Fields
  8. A Delicate Sense of Balance
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Laurent Lebec
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



Ephemeral  EP
2009 Southern Lord
  1. Embedding The Moss
  2. Epherema
  3. Geometry of Murder
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Laurent Lebec
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



What We All Come To Need  
2009 Southern Lord
  1. Glimmer
  2. The Creeper
  3. Ephemeral
  4. Specks Of Light
  5. Strung Up From The Sky
  6. An Inch Above Sand
  7. What We All Come To Need
  8. Final Breath
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Laurent Lebec
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



Ataraxia/Taraxis  EP
2012 Southern Lord
  1. Ataraxia
  2. Lathe Biosas
  3. Parasite Colony
  4. Taraxis



Forever Becoming  
2013 Southern Lord
  1. Terminal
  2. Deny the Absolute
  3. The Tundra
  4. Immutable Dusk
  5. Threnody
  6. The Cliff
  7. Vestiges
  8. Perpetual Dawn
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Dallas Thomas
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



Arktika  LIVE
2014 independent
  1. The Creeper
  2. Lathe Biosas
  3. Ephemeral
  4. Deny the Absolute
  5. Parasite Colony
  6. Immutable Dusk
  7. Strung Up from the Sky
  8. Dead Between the Walls / Mammoth
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Dallas Thomas
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



The Cliff  EP
2015 Southern Lord
  1. The Cliff (Vocal Version)
  2. The Cliff (Justin K. Broadrick remix)
  3. The Cliff (AH & BCM remix)
  4. The Wait
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Dallas Thomas
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



Life At Empty Bottle December 15, 2015  LIVE
2016 independent
  1. The Tundra
  2. Ephemeral
  3. Vestiges
  4. Lost In The Headlights
  5. Last Day Of Winter
  6. Strung Up From The Sky
  7. GW/Mammoth



Live In Wroclaw, November 11 2007  LIVE
2013 independent
  1. Bliss in Concrete
  2. March to the Sea
  3. Lost in the Headlights
  4. Dead Between the Walls
  5. Sirius
  6. Far From Fields
  7. A Delicate Sense of Balance
  8. Aurora Borealis
  9. City of Echoes
  10. Pink Mammoth
  11. Red Ran Amber



Live At Dunk!Fest 2016  LIVE
2013 independent
  1. Dead Between the Walls
  2. Deny the Absolute
  3. The Tundra
  4. Ephemeral
  5. The Creeper
  6. Vestiges
  7. Immutable Dusk
  8. Strung Up From the Sky
  9. Last Day of Winter
  10. Mammoth
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Dallas Thomas
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg



Midnight And Mescaline  EP
2013 Southern Lord
  1. Midnight and Mescaline
  2. Darkness on the Stairs



Nighttime Stories  
2019 Southern Lord
  1. WST
  2. Midnight and Mescaline
  3. Abyssal Plain
  4. Cold Hope
  5. It Stared at Me
  6. Nighttime Stories
  7. Arteries of Blacktop
  8. Full Moon, Black Water
  9. Darkness
  • Trevor De Brauw
  • Dallas Thomas
  • Bryan Herweg
  • Larry Herweg




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