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Pelican West - 40

    Demon Records are delighted to announce the release of the new half-speed master edition of Pelican West, a celebration edition of Haircut 100’s much-loved debut album, released with full cooperation of the band.

    In less than six months, the group moved from being London underground darlings to chart sensations, and within a year had disappeared into pop’s ether, leaving behind one memorable album and four Top 10 UK singles.

    “Lots of people are discovering Haircut 100 now and that album and saying it’s fresh as a fantastic daisy, every time, that’s the wonder of it.” – Nick Heyward (vocals and guitar), 2022 . “In our pre-senile dementia years, we can sit here and still feel proud of something we did when we were nippers.” – Marc Fox (percussion), 2022

    “This is what bands should be, nobody made any sense!” – Blair Cunningham (drums), 2022. This new edition has been newly mastered by Phil Kinrade, and expertly cut using transfers of the original ½” digital audio tapes using precision half-speed mastering by Barry Grint at AIR Mastering. The equipment at AIR Mastering uses balanced mains power for improved performance and lower noise and the digital equipment is locked to an extremely accurate digital clock to reduce jitter. The Neumann VMS80 lathes and cutting amplifiers used have been fully renovated and modified to enable half speed mastering.


    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
    A2. Love Plus One
    A3. Lemon Firebrigade
    A4. Marine Boy
    A5. Milk Film
    A6. Kingsize (You’re My Little Steam Whistle)
    B1. Fantastic Day
    B2. Baked Beans
    B3. Snow Girl
    B4. Love’s Got Me In Triangles
    B5. Surprise Me Again
    B6. Calling Captain Autumn 

    Pelican

    Australasia

      Pelican’s debut album, ‘Australasia’, originally released in late 2003 by Hydra Head Records, is a landmark record in the shifting tides of heavy music that took place at the turn of the millennium.

      20 years since its release and with several sold out represses, ‘Australasia’ is a proven essential for any listener exploring the bounds of rock music. Now issued as a deluxe double LP edition, newly remastered for vinyl and complete with three never-before-released bonus songs, including a remix by James Plotkin, and digital downloads of early Pelican live recordings.

      Artwork by ISIS/SUMAC/Hydra Head founder Aaron Turner.

      Following the release of the band’s auspicious self-titled EP,’ Australasia’’s singular integration of melodic complexity and tremendous density redefined conceptions of what constituted ‘heavy’. Pelican’s unique manipulation of atmosphere and dynamics seamlessly alchemized their disparate influences beyond metal into music grand, mercurial and utterly sublime, worthy of the album’s namesake.

      TRACK LISTING

      Nightendday
      Drought
      Angel Tears
      GW
      Untitled
      Australasia

      Pelican

      Nighttime Stories

        Pelican, the instrumental quartet whose singular vision of heavy music eschews classification, have announced their first full length in six years, Nighttime Stories, via Southern Lord Recordings.

        The eight-song set marks the band’s first release written front to back with guitarist Dallas Thomas, who took over guitar duties upon founding member Laurent Schroeder-Lebec’s departure in 2012. In the process of writing the album the quartet endured a slew of realisations, tragedies, and glimmers of optimism that guided the creative process to the most potent work of their nineteen-year career.

        Though the new material veers towards the darker tone characteristic of Pelican’s early songwriting, it’s hard to imagine a previous incarnation of the band writing songs as meticulously crafted and detail-oriented as those within Nighttime Stories, where the compositions recall everything from the triumphant call-to-arms of classic Dischord, to the vicious troglodyte battery of the Melvins, to the dynamic interwoven melodies of bottom-heavy indie cult heroes Chavez.

        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 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).

        Pelican have always excelled at vacillating between the savage sounds of various niches of metal underground and the more delicate and nuanced sounds of Midwest’s cerebral indie community, proving that they can make either end of the spectrum more vibrant and compelling through the art of contrast. With Nighttime Stories, the pendulum has swung back to the angst and ire of their younger years while delivering it with the nuance and wisdom that’s come with nearly two decades of writing and performing.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: I remember first hearing Pelican's mindblowing 'Australasia' in the early 00's and being genuinely surprised that post-metal could so skilfully toe the line between the brain-melting heaviness of Isis (not that Isis), and the brittle minimalistic guitars of Explosions In The Sky or the like. 'Nighttime Stories' is more evidence that they continue to dominate the scene, and with it progress to the modern era.

        TRACK LISTING

        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

        Haircut One Hundred

        Pelican West (Deluxe Edition)

          Haircut One Hundred sprung into the limelight with the release of their first single 'Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)' soon after having signed to Arista Records. It reached number 4 in the UK singles chart. Followed up by 'Love Plus One' peaking at # 3 and then 'Fantastic Day' making it to number 9 - the band had caught the attention and affection of the buoyant UK music scene when single sales were soaring. The band were at the forefront of the emerging Brit funk wave and created memorable and lasting pop classics. 

          Pelican

          Forever Becoming

            After four years of silence, instrumental metal standard-bearers Pelican have come thundering back, with 'Forever Becoming' , an eight-song album destined to be considered one of the most punishingly rewarding albums of the year.

            Before their hiatus, the group had laid a sizable chunk of the groundwork for the instrumental metal scene that’s come into its own in the 13 years since they started playing together. After 2009 the band found itself slightly adrift, and found the day to day struggle of being full-time underground musicians colliding with new families and non-musical careers. Wisely, they didn’t make any rash decisions, and as suits a band known for making dense, meditative sounds they simply patiently figured out how to move past their obstacles.

            This reborn Pelican is purer, more focused, and far more assured. Recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Chris Common, and featuring The Swan King guitarist Dallas Thomas (replacing the amicably departed Laurent Schroeder-Lebec) Forever Becoming is an immense, speaker-rattling meditation on the infinite cycle of death and life. It takes a lot of experience and a lot of confidence to attempt a head-on ascent of the biggest, most monolithic theme in art, but Forever Becoming is proof that Pelican has plenty of both, and knows how to wield them.


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