Autumn is “back-to-school” time, no matter how old you get. Editor Mike Hecker looks back and appreciates the seemingly trivial aspects of high school with heavy tracks from Pelican, Russian Circles, Boris, and more.
Editor Parker Langvardt journeys through Pelican's new EP Ataraxia/Taraxis with some powerful aural imagery. Is that a thing? Here’s an excerpt:
"If Come to Need was a point of convergence in Pelican’s career, the Ataraxia/Taraxis EP might represent a new era in the band’s sound. The concepts of this EP also seem to be a response to Come to Need's themes. The word 'ataraxia' was used by Greek philosophers in reference to a disconnection from unhealthy feelings and thoughts relating to the outside world, aiming to attain a sort of enlightenment where you have deep personal relationships and are not emotionally affected by negative chaos.”
Two of Chicago’s heaviest instrumental bands got together with The Skinny to discuss music journalism terminology, profit-motivated band reunions, Chicago music, and ideal presidential candidates. The result is equal parts heated discussion and ridiculous jokes.
Both bands are touring Europe during April. Russian Circles are touring with Deafheaven. “Mladek,” from Russian Circles October 2011 album Empros, is available to download on Epitonic.
Pelican are set to release their new EP Ataraxia/Taraxis on April 10 while on the road before heading to the metal mecca Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands that weekend. Take a listen to the full EP below, courtesy of AV Club, and download “Lathe Biosas” on Epitonic. Pelican’s Trevor de Brauw recently performed an atmospheric solo set at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, which is also available to stream below.