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)