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I'm not much of a birdwatcher, but I can say that I was quite fortunate to have seen King Pelican in its natural habitat. It was in their hometown of San Antonio, Texas at Hot Joy, a hip little joint serving pan-Asian food, tiki drinks and Lone Star beer, all surrounded by amazing artwork by Jamie Stolarski (who created the art for this release) - the perfect setting for King Pelican's own special brand of instrumental surf guitar music. Lucky for me (and you!) the heady concoction of all of those elements has been captured by and expanded upon with EAST MEETS WEST.
The first two songs (east side) see King Pelican presenting the specifically Japanese musical style of Eleki, which was created in 1960s Japan by mixing the aggressive guitar style of The Ventures with Japanese modes, melodies and style, creating a new and unique form.
The following selections (west side) take the listener closer to King Pelican's home turf of the American Southwest, but through the lens of the Italian-made Spaghetti Western soundtrack, complete with lonesome whistling, 12 string, acoustic guitars and the bass VI adding to the Morricone influenced atmosphere.
But this is not another surf band pulling a few stylistic gimmicks on top of a basic surf song just to call it something else. King Pelican has obviously taken these specific musical sub-genres and have studied and devoured them before embarking on their own original Eleki and Spaghetti Western compositions. In other words, these are great songs and performances that pack a fun trip around the world into one EP.
The new EP from King Pelican - EAST MEETS WEST is now available on Bandcamp! We'd like to thank our good friend, Ted Pilgrim from Satan's Pilgrims for writing the liner notes! Stay tuned for new on the 7" orange vinyl release!
Austin, Texas' Surf Alternative to South By South West (SXSW)
Join us for the largest annual gathering of Surf Rock music on this side of the planet, as well as the best hand-made artists in town. It's the 4th annual Surf By Surf East! Presented by the East Austin Handmade Arts Market and Second Saturday Surf at the Nomad Bar! (1213 Corona Dr, Austin, Texas 78723)
Here is the entertainment schedule:
2:00pm The Frightened City
3:00pm The Nematoads
4:00pm Los SuperAvengers
5:00pm The Del-Vipers
6:00pm Bat City Surfers
10:00pm The Gentle Grifters
11:15pm The Boss Jaguars
12:30am King Pelican
Get there early to peruse the amazing hand-made creations we have, because that ends at 7pm!
Ample free parking! Easy bus route!
We look forward to seeing you there!
DATES, VENUES & BANDS
“246-PELICAN MEET & GREET”
Thursday May 19
@ MULTIFORO 246
“IZCALLI-FORNIA SURF STOMP!"
Friday May 20th
“TARDE DE SURF-MANIA!"
Saturday May 21th
@ FORO HILVANA
Avoid the huge crowds and parking hassles of that other music festival. Catch the best new local wave! It's the 2nd Annual Surf By Surf East!*
Saturday March 14th, prepare to be destroyed by the largest gathering of Surf Rock bands ever assembled in Texas!
It all starts at noon. Make a splash in the back yard of The VORTEX for a celebration with over 30 local artist / entrepreneurs, as well as 10 Texas Surf Rock Bands!
Bat City Surfers
And there will be go-go dancers!
This is a FREE show for all ages! It's all part of the uniquely Austin relaxed outdoor shopping experience of local artisans known as The East Austin Handmade Arts Market at The Vortex, which features creations in a wide variety of mediums, all handmade and appropriate for all ages!
The Butterfly Bar Austin will provide a pipeline of fine beverages all day!
The first 50 people to arrive will get a gift certificate for free ice cream, redeemable at any Amy's Ice Creams location!
Austin's own Deep Eddy Records will also be on hand with a selection of Surftastic CDs for you to dive into!
There is lots of convenient parking, it is on an easy bus route, and pets are also welcome!
Hang until 7:30, then ride it on out to the Nomad Bar. Starting at 9:00pm SXSE continues with Second Saturday Surf...
The Boss Jaguars
...and there are special guests to be announced!
This is also a FREE show, with a full bar, conveniently located East Central with plenty of parking!
Several CD Releases are also taking place in conjunction with this epic event!
We look forward to seeing you there!
*Not affiliated officially or unofficially.
March 14 - 15
The Vortex, 2301 Manor Rd. Austin, Texas
If you're in the "210" for the holiday...be sure to join us!
"Join The Brooklynite as they give the gift of the islands with their Tiki Yuletide Party! The crew at BK wants to bring the warmth of the Hawaiian islands to San Antonio for their last big bash of 2014. The team has arranged for the smooth surf and garage sounds of King Pelican to permeate the air as they craft fruity, boozy libations with spirits like Monkey Shoulder, Sailor Jerry, Ancho Reyes, Milagro, and Flor de Caña rums. One of SAs newest food trucks, LocaVore, will be offering a super special tiki menu that will focus on a whole Kahula pig. Accompanying the fine swine will be sides like pineapple kimchee, wasabi calamari, purple potato salad, and island mac and cheese. As always, Tiki Tuesday means guests are encouraged to don their tikiest of tiki garb. This is sure to be a wicked rad event, with food, music and garnish-heavy tiki cocktails to celebrate the season in a unique and fun way."
Ventures legends Bob Spalding and Leon Taylor are fronting "V2" and performing all of your favorite Ventures' tunes! The Del-Vipers, (Austin, TX) and King Pelican (San Antonio, TX) are on the bill to things revved-up for V2!
Image June 15th, 2013 at BONESHAKERS - 306 Austin St., San Antonio, TX
Alamo City favorites - King Pelican and The Phantomatics, team up with ATX's - The Mighty Landshark for the first "South TX Surf Summit" of the summer of '13. Also featured is DJ Heelgrinder, spinning the raddest of surf, lounge and exotica sides before, after and in-between bands.
Boneshakers features excellent craft beers and gourmet pizzas and sandwhiches, so come hungry and thirsty!
Don't miss this night of awesome music, food, drink and fun! Showtime is 9:30pm.
We’ve got another Reverb drenched night of Surf in Austin Texas at Headhunters on Saturday August 18th. This time featuring The Thunderchiefs, The Mighty Landshark! and San Antonio’s King Pelican. One Night. Three bands. No cover. All Surf! Music starts at 10PM.