Yes yes y’all, Pelican are hitting the UK‘s shores this week! We’ve been mega excited for this tour since it was announced way back in November last year. They’re soon to officially release their new EP ‘Ataraxia/Taraxis’ through Southern Lord on Monday April 9th, a date which sees their gig in Leeds on the 9th as a record release show!
It’s been a while since I did one of these, owing largely to becoming a father and secondly to getting a new job, both of which have prevented me from returning to my band Poison Dwarf. That hasn’t stopped the remaining members getting the opening slot at an all-dayer taking place this coming Saturday (10th March) at The Parish, Huddersfield, instead now performing as new band Wort when Italian symphonic death metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse come to town, headlining the event with their main tour support acts Dyscarnate and Bloodshot Dawn in tow!
How is this possible, you may ask? Simples. It seems the Poison Dwarf guys started jamming with Sanhedrin’s drummer Sam during my time away, and bagged themselves this date! Poison Dwarf will now be on a longer hiatus but we will be back one day!
The walls will shake, bowels will quake, and vomit may well be the order of the day from the unearthly rumble that will ensue on this tour.
Monday 11th June – The Ritz, Manchester
Tuesday 12th June – Koko, London (w/ Nurse With Wound)
Thursday 14th June – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland (w/ Aluk Todolo)
Friday 15th June – Fort 8, Hoboken, Belgium (w/ Aluk Todolo)
Saturday 16th June – Gaite Lyrique, Paris, France (w/ Aluk Todolo)
Sunday 17th June – Hellfest, Clisson, France
It’s been over a week since this was announced but it’s worth bringing to the attention of anyone who hasn’t heard. The excellent Leeds sludge/psych/doom instrumental trio Wiht are calling it a day after three years. The band gave their reasons in an excerpt from a statement posted on their Facebook page on Sunday January 22nd:
‘It is with sadness and a great sense of pride, that we have decided to call it a day. This is a completely amicable decision and has been made in the best interests of the band. It has come to a point where we are no longer able to progress and take the band further, we feel this band deserves more respect than just to fade away. This simply is an issue of lack of time and funds; two of the three of us now have families and time has become a lot more precious. To progress as a band we need to dedicate a certain ammount of time to write and record, let alone gigging and touring. This is why we have decided to call it a day at a point where we feel this is something to be proud of.’
I didn’t really know the guys personally, but I did review their latest album ‘The Harrowing of the North‘ here – an excellent work – and me and the Poison Dwarf guys did play a couple of shows with them in 2010. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed their live performances and their records and I’m gutted to hear this news. I understand their reasons though, especially being a father myself and about to juggle the responsibilities of being a parent and being in a band.
That said, you still have a couple of opportunities to catch Wiht live before they disbanded – firstly, on Saturday 18th February at the Royal Park Cellars, Leeds, alongside Wizard’s Beard at the Beard’s album release show with Undersmile and Diascorium, and finally on Friday 30th March at the same venue, with Khuda, Wizard’s Beard and Tree of Sores. The full statement can be read here.
On behalf of We Must Obey, we wish the members of Wiht all the very best in their future endeavours. You will be missed, but thank you for the great music.