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Thunder down under

October 5, 2007

pelican promo shot

Last night was Chicago instrumental metal (instrumetal if you will) legends Pelican’s first ever Sydney show and it was all it could have been. Actually, it was a little strange to see only four people on stage – on record the music sounds like it should have been made by a cast of thousands, standing on an icy lake and all playing minor variations on the same riff. Not mere mortals, surely.

Pelican were the first proper metal band I ever got into and it was an easy step for two reasons:

1. No metal vocals. Cookie monster growls took a while to start working for me.

2. They’re really only a tiny bit heavier than the resolutely un-metal Mogwai.

And last night, they were magnificent. My favourite moment was when they played the stand-out track from 2005’s The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw. The recorded version is amazing and will hopefully give you a sense of what you missed out on when they took the stage last night.

Pelican – “Sirius”

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