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Originating from Chicago, Illinois, USA, the seeds of art-metal instrumentalists Pelican were planted in noisecore outfit Tusk. Formed in the middle of 1998, Tusk featured Laurent Lebec (guitar), Trevor DeBrauw (guitar) and Larry Herweg (drums). Issuing two releases (a self-titled 2001 split EP with fellow Chicago noise specialists Hewhocorrupts, and the 2002 album, Get Ready), Tusks studio output is best described as in the same vein of extreme bands such as Lightning Bolt and Arab On Radar. Looking to take the noise level down a notch and concentrate on heavier, and slower compositions (citing Black Sabbath, Godflesh and Earth as prime musical role models), the trio invited Lebecs younger brother, Bryan, to provide bass, and soon afterwards Pelican was formed. The quartets cheaply recorded demo turned out so well that they released it as their first recording, the four-track EP Pelican. Recorded almost entirely live, the EP was reissued by Hydra...