Pendulum (band)

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Pendulum
Pendulum Live Electric 2007.jpg
Pendulum at the Electric Ballroom in London, U.K. 2007.
Background information
Origin Perth, Australia
Genres Drum and bass, electronic rock, industrial rock
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Labels Breakbeat Kaos, Warner Music UK, Earstorm, Atlantic Records
Associated acts Xygen, Knife Party, DJ Fresh, Freestylers, Adam F, Destroid
Website pendulum.com
Members Paul Harding
Ben Mount
Rob Swire
Gareth McGrillen
Peredur ap Gwynedd
Kevin Sawka
Past members Paul Kodish

Pendulum is an Australian/British[1] drum and bass group founded in 2002, and has been active since. Pendulum originally formed in the Australian city of Perth, Western Australia by Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen, and Paul Harding. Rob and Gareth also constitute the electro house duo Knife Party (the original Australian members). The group was notable for a distinctive sound, mixing hard rock with electronic music, and developing to cover a wider range of genres. Swire and McGrillen were members of the metal band known as Xygen. After hearing Konflict's "Messiah" at a club, they were inspired to enter into the Drum & Bass genre. They founded Pendulum with Paul Harding, who was a veteran DJ in the Drum & Bass scene. In 2003 the band relocated to the United Kingdom. While Hold Your Colour holds true to the Drum & Bass genre, Pendulum have since experimented with mixing other genres into their work, as can be heard on In Silico and Immersion. In August 2013, Swire announced that a new album may be released "some time next year 2014".[2]

History[edit]

2002-07: Formation and Hold Your Colour[edit]

Main article: Hold Your Colour

Before Pendulum, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen were in multiple rock and metal music bands before Swire influenced McGrillen into producing electronic music on their computers.[3] They both had a passion for electronic music and formed Pendulum, incorporating their previous influences of rock and metal music from their previous projects.[3]

Pendulum became a duo DJ act in 2002 until Paul Harding joined, who played the duo's music in a venue and caught their attention, asking him to join them to make their first song 'Vault', which would be released in 2003.[4] The band also recorded and released 'Spiral / Ulterior Motive' the same year,[5] and made their first compilation appearance on 'Jungle Sound: The Bassline Strikes Back!', featuring their own songs and Harding was also in charge of mixing the album's second disc.[6] Although following their success of their 2005 debut album, Hold Your Colour, their label placed their name on a re-issue of the album in 2006 to make more sales, Swire disapproved of this as he did not give permission for them to do so, and inevitably left the label.[7]

The band finally released their first debut album, 'Hold Your Colour', in 2005.[8] The album charted in both the United Kingdom and in Australia and was certified as a golden album in Australia.[9]

In 2006, the trio became a sextet after introducing Ben Mount as their MC, Peredur ap Gwynedd as their Guitarist and Paul Kodish as their drummer.[citation needed]

2007-09: In Silico and Live at Brixton Academy[edit]

Their second album, In Silico, was released on 12 May 2008.[10] This release contained different sounds compared to their debut album as it contained more rock elements whi;st maintaining their electronic elements. The response to this change was relatively positive from critics but was said to be dated by The Guardian.[11][12][13] The album was relatively successful as it charted at 2 on the UK Albums Chart[14] and at 9 in the Australian Albums Chart.[15] After the release of the album, Paul Kodish, for unknown reasons, left the band, making him the first official former member of the band.[16]

At the end of the year the band filmed a live DVD on 4 and 5 December 2008, at the Brixton Academy. This was released on 12 June 2009.[17]

2009-11: Immersion[edit]

Main article: Immersion (album)
Live, Melbourne 2010

Pendulum once again toured Europe in 2009. During this tour they announced that they were working on their third studio album, Immersion. It was announced in December 2009 that Pendulum would be touring for their new album in May 2010. The release date of the album was announced to be sometime "in May" during the live preview party at Matter, and was then announced to be released on 24 May. Pendulum previewed their album Immersion at the Ear Storm night at London’s Matter nightclub on Friday 22 January, as well as streaming the material on their official website. "Salt in the Wounds", a track from their new album, was Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1 on 25 January 2010. It was stated however that it was a street-level release and was not an official single. On Zane Lowe's show, it was also announced that he wanted to join the band and the first single from the new album would be called "Watercolor". This single also received its first play on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 8 March 2010, and was his Single of the Week for that week. The music video for "Watercolor" was released on 31 March and premiered on their MySpace page, and also in the members area of their official website, The Other Side. A day later, on 1 April, another music video was released, this time for "Salt in the Wounds". The video is unique in that it is, according to the band's website, "...the world’s first 360° interactive music video." Viewers can move the camera around in the video. Six letters are hidden throughout the video. Once these letters are found, the viewer can enter them as a code and claim a free download of "Salt in the Wounds". Otherwise, "Watercolor" claimed the No.4 spot in the UK Singles Chart, making it their biggest hit to date. On 21 May 2010, the band headlined the annual Radio 1's Big Weekend festival which was held at the Vaynol Estate, Bangor, Gwynedd. The second single from the album, "Witchcraft", was released on 18 July and charted at No.29 in the UK Singles chart, making it their third highest charted single in the UK. The third single from Immersion was "The Island", and just missed the UK Top 40 at No. 41. Rob Swire had stated that if it had achieved greater success than "Witchcraft", he would have released a song entitled "Ransom", which was taken off Immersion before the album's release. "Ransom" was previewed however and became a fan favourite. As it did not do better, Swire revealed the original files for "Ransom" were corrupted, and that he has no plans to recreate them, therefore it will not be released. However, on 6 April 2011, Pendulum released "Ransom" as a single via their website with all proceeds going to the Help for Japan fund after the tsunami. "Crush" was released as the fourth single in January 2011. In January 2011, Pendulum released a Deluxe Edition of Immersion via iTunes which contained the album's original 15 tracks and a collection of remixes of "Watercolour", "Witchcraft" and "The Island" by other artists including deadmau5, Tiësto and Chuckie. Both the UK and US store were also given the music videos of those three tracks in the release. However, more remixes were released in the UK store along with extra videos, including a trailer of footage from their live show at Wembley Arena that took place on 28 May 2010.

2011-13: Progression and hiatus[edit]

Main article: Knife Party

On 26 October 2010, Swire announced via Twitter that a new record was in the works. This new record was set to be heavily punk influenced. The next album was expected to be a significant departure from usage of drum and bass tempo, for a faster tempo in the form of punk, and a slower tempo in the form of dubstep.

On 29 March 2011 via Twitter, Swire revealed that there would be no "new album" for a while. He added that there would be "def new material" later in the year.

Pendulum opened for Linkin Park on several selected dates during the band's 2011 "A Thousand Suns" North American tour. They also headlined their own tour supported by Innerpartysystem.

In 2011 Rob Swire and fellow member Gareth McGrillen announced in various interviews and on Swire's Twitter that a project called Knife Party had been created. The side project is not linked in any means to Pendulum and consists of electro house, dubstep and other club genres. Knife Party has since become the duo's primary project.

Pendulum played at the 2011 Download Festival,[18] Oxegen,[19] The Eden Sessions,[20] Glastonbury Festival,[21] T in the Park, and V Festival, headlined Global Gathering, an exclusive London show at South West Four[22] and finally headlined the first night of Bestival on the Isle Of Wight.

On 5 April 2011 Pendulum announced via Twitter and the band's website that a previously unreleased track from Immersion, titled "Ransom", would be released on Pendulum's website, with 100% of the proceeds going to help disaster relief efforts in the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[23]

Pendulum headlined at Rhythm & Vines 2011 in Gisborne, New Zealand. The band took a break from touring in 2012 in order to take part in side projects.

Pendulum were one of the headliners on the Main Stage line-up at the LovEvolution 2011 Dance Festival & Parade in Oakland, California, which had over 50 DJs and 15 or more parade floats.

On 3 January 2012, Pendulum announced via Twitter that they would be taking a hiatus from touring while thanking their fans for the last several years. They went on to state that they might create a new record in 2013.[24] Swire stated on his personal Twitter that Pendulum is on hiatus, as Knife Party is now his primary project.[25]

On 16 June 2012, Rob Swire announced via Twitter that there will be no further Pendulum live shows and there are no current plans for a new album in 2013. Although there are no live shows taking place in the near future according to the band, El Hornet & MC Verse still perform DJ sets across the world.

2013-2014: Possible new album[edit]

On 22 August 2013, in a series of Tweets, it was revealed that along with a Knife Party album,[26] a possible Pendulum album may also be released in 2014.[27] El-Hornet, who does the DJ sets, confirmed the album in a speech at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC and said "don't rush us". However, the possibility of Pendulum performing live again has still been ruled out. On the 13th July 2014, Swire stated in a Twitter reply that the work on the new Pendulum album will begin around September and could be released early 2015.[28]

Musical style[edit]

Bassist Gareth McGrillen at University of Hertfordshire in 2007
Gareth McGrillen performing live in the band Pendulum at Carling Academy Newcastle in 2007.

When Pendulum was formed, their musical style was considerably more drum and bass sounding than the work they were known for later in their career. Signature tunes such as "Masochist", "Vault", "Back 2 You" and "Voyager", which were released on labels such as Uprising Records, 31 Records, Renegade Hardware and Low Profile Records, have a darker, more amelodic air to them which is substantially absent from their later productions. The band's newer work is regarded as generally leaning heavily towards a mainstream, dance-driven sound. Early work such as "Another Planet" seems to indicate an early affinity with a more global sound, similar to other Breakbeat Kaos artists such as DJ Fresh and Adam F.

The group has produced various remixes of other artists also; one of the best-known being the remix of "Voodoo People", originally by The Prodigy. In 2008–2010, they covered/remixed songs including Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song", Linkin Park's "The Catalyst", Calvin Harris's "I'm Not Alone", Coldplay's "Violet Hill", and Metallica's "Master of Puppets". Pendulum's versions of "I'm Not Alone" and "Master Of Puppets" both exist as studio recordings but have not been officially released, and are only previewed during DJ sets. The original live version of "Master of Puppets" was played as an instrumental introduction for "Slam", and was featured on their first live album/DVD. During their American tour as the supporting band for Linkin Park, the song was played in its entirety, with Rob doing vocals. Pendulum have also remixed their own music and, on occasion, television theme songs, such as Australian television's "ABC News Theme" in May 2010. The remix proved to be immensely popular with listeners of Australian youth radio station Triple J, polling at number 11 in the 2010 Triple J Hottest 100 countdown.[29]

Pendulum's musical style consisted of a fusion of drum and bass (along with other electronic genres), alternative rock and heavy metal, with the inclusion of acoustic instruments. This creates a sound reminiscent of electronic rock, albeit with much more prominent drum and bass and, more recently, dubstep influences. Some songs, such as "Slam", "Propane Nightmares" and "Witchcraft" are synth-led, whilst others, such as "Showdown", "The Tempest" and "Comprachicos", are guitar-led. Bassist Gareth McGrillen stated in an interview on Channel 4 that they use 13 computers during the live performances, all of which are mixing the sounds produced by the instruments in real time. Rob Swire stated in issues of TJECK magazine and Rock Sound magazine that he would like to begin producing songs with a punk style to them, excluding the inclusion of electronic sounds in the near future.[30] Pendulum were known to be fans of progressive rock and progressive metal bands, which may have inspired them to fuse multiple genres of music together, which is standard practice in those genres.

Controversy[edit]

In 2006, Pendulum's old label Breakbeat Kaos released an album containing a 2-year-old Pendulum DJ mix without their permission, resulting in group member Rob Swire later denouncing the album on public Internet forum Dogs On Acid.[31] This issue has since been resolved; DJ Fresh is included on the list of acknowledgements in the Immersion booklet, and Pendulum is now working with Breakbeat Kaos again, on the vinyl release of the singles "Witchcraft" and "The Island".[32]

Electronic musician Goldie has criticised Pendulum's single "Granite" for being what he calls a "shit single", and accused the band of not acknowledging the drum and bass scene from which they came.[33] For the band's part, in an interview with The Times Swire cited "Goldie making concept albums about space and his mum"[citation needed] (in the words of The Times reporter) as one of the reasons why he was not initially keen on the genre; he claims to have been more into "breakbeat, straight up house and hardcore" before Gareth McGrillen, who is Pendulum's bassist and was Swire's bandmate in Xygen, introduced him to "more electronic" areas of the genre.[34] This issue has since been resolved as well, according to Gareth McGrillen in an interview on The Age.[35]

Members[edit]

Despite the live band no longer performing, Swire has stated he is making another album. Paul and Ben however still actively perform the DJ set.

Current line-up
Former members
Timeline

Discography[edit]

Main article: Pendulum discography

References[edit]

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