photos by Zach Pollack, words by Parker Langvardt
Pelican @ Lincoln Hall on 6/29/2012
Anatomy of Habit's sprawling compositions make for a captivating live performance. The fluctuating tension over the course of their seven-plus-minute songs creates a sense of drama that negates the attention span problems that could potentially result. Their performance at Lincoln Hall (on 6/29) consisted of the two tracks from their new self-titled EP and the noisy and heavy "Torch" from their self-titled LP. Frontman Mark Solotroff delivered his softer clean vocals with thoughtful inflection and enunciation, becoming more assertive as the group got louder, eventually yelling twisted melodies. Percussionist Blake Edwards complimented drummer Noah Leger (also of Electric Hawk) with a large gong bass drum and an array of industrial objects including a big spring and the brake drum of a car, which he hit and scraped with metal mallets. After the slow droning intro of "Torch," guitarist Greg Ratajczak provided a chugging rhythm that repeated throughout bassist Kenny Rasmussen's low-frequency noise experimentation. Rasmussen got on top of the subwoofers to create feedback through a PA speaker, and then proceeded to saw his bass, strings down, against the subs.
A recording of "Ataraxia," the introduction of Pelican's Ataraxia/Taraxis, played until the band walked on stage to perform "Lathe Biosas". As a result of guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec's official announcement of indefinite hiatus two days prior, The Swan King guitarist Dallas Thomas filled his place, as he has done for all non-Chicago shows for the past two years. Thomas' tight, rhythmic style fit in well with Trever de Brauw's often harmonizing or atmospheric guitar parts. Their set consisted of songs from their third album, City of Echoes, and the releases that followed. They played the sludgy "Mammoth" from their debut EP as an encore.
More pictures and the setlist from Pelican's 6/29 hometown show below...
Anatomy of Habit
Pelican - 6/29 Lincoln Hall setlist:
Embedding the Moss
Dead Between the Walls
Lost in the Headlights
Strung Up from the Sky
An Inch Above the Sand