BY BRIAN FURMAN
PHOTO BY MARK DAWURSK
Chicago born and raised (well, Des Plaines more accurately), Pelican continues to rumble low and slow through the Great Lakes basin. Forming in 2001, the cinematic post-metal quartet perfectly blends glacial riffs with beautiful, intense instrumentals that drive their eerily gargantuan sound to heightened perspectives of rock. Like drops of cold rain on a blistery fall day, the band’s five studio records and numerous EPs and splits offer distinct and different cloud formations of the same sonic storm. Pelican is currently signed with Southern Lord Recordings and released their latest EP, The Cliff, in 2015. Punishing yet beautiful while simultaneously dark and uplifting, the band’s emotion-churning live show is not to be missed.