NewsJune 26, 2012 9:18 AM ET6,123 views

Pelican loses founding member

Chicago, IL post-metal outfit Pelican has announced the departure of guitarist (and founding member) Laurent Schroeder-Lebec. Although the band describes Schroeder-Lebec as "taking an indefinite hiatus," we don't expect to seem him rejoining Pelican. Here's the official word:
"It is with resignation that we report that our guitarist and founding member Laurent Schroeder-Lebec is taking an indefinite hiatus from the band. Many may have already noticed his absence from live shows over the last couple of years (he stopped traveling for out of town shows in 2010), his role as a composer is now also going on hold for the foreseeable future. The decision is not due to any internal turmoil or conflict - since our last full length album Laurent has made his family and career the central focus of his life, which the members of Pelican completely respect and honor. In 2010, when his interest in playing out of town declined, Laurent was the first to suggest that we find a substitute guitarist and continue getting the music out to our fans. He continued to play local shows with us and rehearse (in the rare instances that all four of us were in Chicago), but after recording sessions for our last EP, Ataraxia/Taraxis, when we were ready to begin writing our next album and began planning the writing sessions it would entail, Laurent confided that his heart wasn't fully in it and, rather than deliver music that was half-hearted, he would rather sit it out. "Laurent is our friend and our brother - while his decision is disheartening, we completely respect it. We don't yet know what the repercussions of his departure will be, but we're thrilled by the strides made on our last EP and excited with the direction of the new material composed since its recording. Laurent has given us his blessing to carry on. For now Laurent's place at live shows will be filled, as it has been for the past two years, by the immensely talented Dallas Thomas of the superb band The Swan King - anyone who saw our shows out West last year or in Europe this Spring knows he is a shredder and fully up to the task. As for writing, we are currently working as a three piece since we're not looking to significantly alter the DNA on the compositional front. We hope that you stick with us and see what coming; as said previously we're very excited with the path we're on. "We've said since day one that Pelican is and always will be the four of us - we stand by that statement. Laurent is an integral part of this band whether or not he is standing on stage or composing with us. His unique musical voice and confidence of purpose have impacted us all and is present in every show and note we play. Our best wishes are with him in everything he does."


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hardware 6/26/2012 6:32:57 AM

Drummer Fail

IG88 6/26/2012 7:37:34 AM

Should read "Pelican finally breaks up after long string terrible releases"

AdamSuperfan 6/26/2012 8:27:21 AM

I love Laurent, but the guy they had in his place the last time I saw them was the highlight of the show ;P

anonymous 6/26/2012 8:27:58 AM


anonymous 6/26/2012 8:55:28 AM

They should replace the drummer while they're at it

anonymous 6/26/2012 9:11:04 AM

"musical voice" lol gay does even sing

sandpaperseatbelts 6/26/2012 9:30:00 AM

Tl;dr No care

anonymous 6/26/2012 10:04:15 AM

This is a special moment!

anonymous 6/26/2012 10:46:13 AM

there were good at bonnaroo, but then again i was on 5 hits of acid anything could be good then.

anonymous 6/26/2012 11:07:17 AM

One good release - Whatever that ep was called. I thought they were supposed to break up awhile ago.

anonymous 6/26/2012 11:28:33 AM

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anonymous 6/26/2012 11:30:38 AM


LoydChristmas 6/26/2012 11:50:34 AM

just for once I wish a band would release a statement saying "So and so's departure was absolutely due to internal conflict as we all really did hate the guy, and we fully intend on drastically changing the DNA of the music composition in face, you probably won't recognize us as the same band once the new shit comes out." just once.

TheLoudestGuyInTheRoom 6/26/2012 2:44:56 PM

"Fly, fly" -Tony Montana, when reached for comment

anonymous 6/26/2012 5:24:26 PM

Even their press releases are long and boring. Drummer must have wrote this up.

anonymous 6/27/2012 5:26:45 AM

Tony Montana, from the giant bath tub, HAHAHAHA.

stewietantrum 6/27/2012 6:12:35 AM

I love Pelican, so I'm sorry to see dude leave. But I've seen Dallas in his previous bands in Nashville (Asschapel, Boobyhatch) and he's fcking awesome. Can't wait to see him with Pelican.

anonymous 6/27/2012 12:26:49 PM

"What the fck have you done?" - Minor Threat

anonymous 6/27/2012 2:38:09 PM

i've read on other message boards about the hatred of the drummer....i can think of less inspired drumming than him.. what's everyone's deal?

anonymous 6/27/2012 2:53:49 PM

his drumming suits the band just fine, everyone acts as if he was as useless as some goth bitch playing keyboard in a band

anonymous 6/27/2012 6:39:06 PM

Hopefully Dallas gets in on the writing process as well. His addition could be just what this band needs.

changefly12 6/29/2012 8:04:07 PM

First of all "Although the band describes Schroeder-Lebec as "taking an indefinite hiatus," we don't expect to seem him rejoining Pelican" makes this article an OP-ED piece being passed off as "NEWS"; scumbag journalism at its finest. Second, what this band does is DRONE ON AND ON playing with motif and saturating their sound with effects...i.e. NOT COMPOSING MUSIC. Lastly, I like this band since Isis broke up, and will like this band less when Palms releases their debut.

changefly12 6/29/2012 8:11:26 PM

stewietantrum2 days ago "I've seen Dallas in his previous bands in Nashville (Asschapel, Boobyhatch) and he's fcking awesome." sounds like a serious musician...

changefly12 6/29/2012 8:14:49 PM

and the drumming is terrible. how can anyone listen to good bands and then hear this and say "wow this drummer really compliments the band's sound."???

bardamu 7/6/2012 1:59:23 AM


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