Pelican To Reunite With Laurent Schroeder-Lebec For Upcoming Live Shows, Plan To Reissue First Three Albums

Pelican have announced that they will be reuniting with guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec for their upcoming live shows. He will be taking over for Dallas Thomas, who recently exited the group. Furthermore, the band have also revealed that they are planning to release deluxe reissues of “Australasia,“ “The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw,” and “City Of Echoes.“

Pelican said the follwoing:

“Hey all – we hope you have been keeping as well as possible since our band slipped into unintended dormancy at the end of 2019. Though the world remains as erratic today as it was when we put our summer 2020 dates on ice, we’re thrilled (if a bit cautiously optimistic) to announce our intention to get back to work this year, including a slew of dates in Europe this Summer with a few more to come later in the year.

The dates include our return to Dunk!Festival, rescheduled appearances at Hellfest and Freak Valley Festival, and a handful of headline shows. As with most everything these days, these performances are contingent on mitigation of the ongoing pandemic, so we urge everyone to continue to stay safe.

Though supply chain woes render the timing somewhat unpredictable, the shows will roughly coincide with a the first phase of a thorough and long-gestating archival project we’ve been working on over the course of the pandemic: deluxe reissues of our first three albums via their new label home Thrill Jockey Records.

Details for these are still pending, but you can expect rarities, never-before-heard outtakes, demos, painstakingly remastered audio, and more. We are so excited for the opportunity to breathe new life into these formative works.

The bittersweet aura hanging over these developments is that our longtime guitarist Dallas Thomas has parted ways with the band in favor of other pursuits. He’s been an intrinsic component of our live shows since 2011, joining in 2012 as a full fledged member in time for his integral and indispensable contributions to 2013’s ‘Forever Becoming‘ and 2019’s “Nighttime Stories‘. The band will not be the same without him and we can’t thank him enough for the years of incredible shows, recordings, riffs, and wild stories he shared with us.

We do have a solution in place for our 2022 dates which will hopefully allay concerns and come as a welcome development to longtime fans of the band: joining us for the upcoming shows will be founding guitarist Laurent Schoeder-Lebec. We haven’t had the opportunity to share a stage with him since 2011 and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s agreed to get back into the thick of it with us.

Seeing as the last two years of the band has been spent in a somewhat uncharacteristic mode of reflecting on our past, it feels like a synergistic development that we can now channel this same energy on stage, reflecting the past through the prism of the present.”

Tour Dates:

05/28 Ghent, BEL – Dunk!Festival
06/12 Vienna, AUT – WUK
06/13 Linz, AUT – Kapu
06/14 Dudingen, SWI – Bad Bonn
06/15 Karlsruhe, GER – Jubez
06/16 Netphen-Deuz, GER – Freak Valley Festival
06/17 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laiterie
06/18 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest

Pelican Postpone June Tour, Release New Live Album

Pelican have postponed their June tour with Inter Arma due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, there is some good news as the band have just released a new live album titled “Live at The Grog Shop” via Bandcamp. That effort was recorded during the group’s September 15, 2019 set at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, Ohio.

Pelican commented:

“It will come as no surprise that we are forced to postpone our June tour with INTER ARMA due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was not reached lightly – sharing this music with people in the live environment is sacred for us; it brings a special sense of purpose and catharsis to our lives that we depend upon.

As a very minor consolation, we are sharing a new live album recorded at the Grog Shop in Cleveland of last year via our Bandcamp page. We’d been planning to share a recording from the Nighttime Stories tour at some point and now seems to be the moment – with no definitive sense of when we’ll be able to perform together again, we felt compelled to make this available now.

We’ve also made all out remaining shirts from recent tours available on the same page – all shirts come with an automatic download of the live album.

We hope we can revisit these songs in front of audiences again soon. Until then, please take care of yourselves; stay safe, stay healthy.”

Pelican To Release New Album “Nighttime Stories” In June, Premiere New Song “Midnight And Mescaline”

Pelican have announced that their new album “Nighttime Stories” will be released on June 7. The effort’s first single, “Midnight And Mescaline,” can be streamed below. That track will also be released as a 7″, along with “Darkness On The Stairs,” as part of this year’s Record Store Day (April 13).

The following was said about the new album in a press release:

“‘Nighttime Stories‘ was an album title initially proposed for Tusk, the hallucinatory art-grind band that included PELICAN members Trevor Shelley de Brauw, Larry Herweg, and Schroeder-Lebec, in addition to vocalist Jody Minnoch.

The writing of Nighttime Stories was instigated shortly after Minnoch‘s unexpected death in 2014, and some of the dissonant viscera and dark psychedelic structures that were characteristic of Tusk‘s sound began to unconsciously inform the album’s direction.

In homage to their departed colleague, PELICAN applied the previously discarded title and pulled many of the song titles from notes Minnoch had sent to inspire the direction of the unrealized album. As the writing of Nighttime Stories progressed, [guitarist Dallas] Thomas also experienced a heavy loss with the passing of his father, to whom the album pays tribute on opening track ‘W.S.T.‘ (on which Dallas performed his guitar parts on his father’s Yamaha acoustic).”

“Nighttime Stories” Track Listing

01. “WST”
02. “Midnight And Mescaline”
03. “Abyssal Plain”
04. “Cold Hope”
05. “It Stared At Me”
06. “Nighttime Stories”
07. “Arteries Of Blacktop”
08. “Full Moon, Black Water”

Tour Dates (with Cloakroom):

06/20 Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch (with Greet Death)
06/21 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
06/22 Montreal, QC – Bar de Ritz
06/23 Boston, MA – Great Scott
06/24 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar (with Planning For Burial)
06/25 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle (with Planning For Burial)
06/26 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
06/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
06/28 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
06/29 Chicago, IL – Metro (with Young Widows)