Hold Your Colour

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Hold Your Colour
Pendulum-hold your colour.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 July 2005
Recorded2003–2005
Genre
Length79:49
LabelBreakbeat Kaos
Producer
Pendulum chronology
Hold Your Colour
(2005)
In Silico
(2008)
Alternative cover
2007 reissue cover
2007 reissue cover
Singles from Hold Your Colour
  1. "Another Planet / Voyager"
    Released: 23 February 2004
  2. "Back 2 You / Still Grey"
    Released: 22 March 2004
  3. "Tarantula / Fasten Your Seatbelt"
    Released: 27 June 2005
  4. "Slam / Out Here"
    Released: 19 September 2005
  5. "Hold Your Colour / Streamline"
    Released: 13 February 2006
  6. "Blood Sugar / Axle Grinder"
    Released: 18 June 2007

Hold Your Colour is the debut studio album by the Australian drum and bass band Pendulum, released on 25 July 2005 and later reissued in 2007 by Breakbeat Kaos. The album was mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis in London.[1] The album features collaborations with artists such as the DJs Fresh and TC, the MCs $pyda and Fats, vocalists from bands Freestylers and Halogen, and guitarists from bands Karnivool and Concord Dawn, together with Peredur ap Gwynedd.

Release[edit]

Five singles were produced from the album, including "Slam" / "Out Here", the first single by Pendulum to reach the top 40 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] In addition, a non-album single, "Blood Sugar" / "Axle Grinder", released on 18 June 2007, later replaced "Another Planet" and "Still Grey" on the reissue of Hold Your Colour due to its popularity.[3]

Otherwise, the LP was released as a triple 12", and features, together with "Hold Your Colour", all the tracks that did not appear on any single.[4] A promotional LP contained also "Slam" / "Out Here".[5]

The album cover inspired the single cover for the later Pendulum release "Witchcraft".

Reception[edit]

The album received very positive critical attention in both Australia and the United Kingdom, becoming one of the best-selling drum and bass albums of all-time, along with New Forms by Roni Size. 225,000 copies of Hold Your Colour were sold in the UK.[6] On 25 May 2008, it entered the top 40 of the UK Albums Chart for the first time, peaking at number 29 on 16 August.[2]

"Slam" was featured in the soundtrack for the video game MotorStorm on the PlayStation 3 console, and the Bipolar mix of "Hold your Colour" was featured on "FIFA Street 2", Dance Dance Revolution Universe on the Xbox 360 console and on the premiere episode of Sky1's Gladiators.[7][8] It has also been picked up by the relaunched Nine's Wide World of Sports as an outro to the show and as a precursor to advertising breaks. The track "Tarantula" was featured in the Australian television drama series Underbelly, in an episode of the UK series Skins and CSI: Miami, and in the soundtrack for the video game MotorStorm: Pacific Rift.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Original release
No.TitleLength
1."Prelude"0:52
2."Slam"5:44
3."Plasticworld" (featuring Fats and TC)6:21
4."Fasten Your Seatbelt" (featuring Freestylers)6:38
5."Through the Loop"6:13
6."Sounds of Life" (featuring Jasmine Yee)5:21
7."Girl in the Fire"4:53
8."Tarantula" (Pendulum vs. Fresh, featuring $pyda and Tenor Fly)5:31
9."Out Here"6:07
10."Hold Your Colour"5:28
11."The Terminal"5:42
12."Streamline"5:23
13."Another Planet"7:38
14."Still Grey"7:51
Total length:79:49

Reissue[edit]

In the 2007 reissue, "Blood Sugar" and "Axle Grinder" took the place of "Another Planet" and "Still Grey". The reissue also contains gaps of silence at the end of each track.[3]

2007 reissue
No.TitleLength
13."Blood Sugar"5:17
14."Axle Grinder"4:10
Total length:9:27

Vinyl[edit]

The vinyl version has a different track order and omits tracks that were previously released as singles, aside from "Hold Your Colour".[4]

Vinyl edition
No.TitleSideLength
1."Hold Your Colour"A5:28
2."Girl in the Fire"B4:53
3."Through the Loop"C6:13
4."Plasticworld" (featuring Fats and TC)D6:21
5."The Terminal"E5:42
6."Sounds of Life" (featuring Jasmine Yee)F5:21
Total length:33:58

Personnel[edit]

Samples[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 77
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 29
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[14] 2
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[15] 10

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[16] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Catalogue
United Kingdom 25 July 2005 12" LP BBK002LP
BBK002LPD
Various 1 August 2005 BBK002CD
16 July 2007 BBK002CDR

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart Hawkes discography. Discogs. Retrieved on 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b Official Charts – Pendulum. OfficialCharts.com. Retrieved on 22 September 2008.
  3. ^ a b Pendulum (releases, by year). rolldabeats. Retrieved on 22 September 2008.
  4. ^ a b Pendulum (25 July 2005). Hold Your Colour. rolldabeats, BBK002LP.
  5. ^ Pendulum (25 July 2005). Hold Your Colour. rolldabeats, BBK002LPD.
  6. ^ Fukushima, Glenn (1 April 2008). Pendulum ready to swing towards North America. Reuters. Retrieved on 9 February 2009.
  7. ^ MotorStorm - soundtrack list Archived 23 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine. playstation.com (3 February 2007). Retrieved on 29 July 2010.
  8. ^ Reviews - Dance Dance Revolution Universe (Xbox 360). 1up.com (1 March 2007). Retrieved on 29 July 2010.
  9. ^ MotorStorm: Pacific Rift soundtrack Archived 8 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine. faqs.ign.com (13 October 2008). Retrieved on 29 July 2010.
  10. ^ a b Pendulum (19 May 2007). Hold Your Colour. Discogs, BBK002CDR.
  11. ^ Rob Swire's Twitter feed. Twitter (9 May 2010). Retrieved on 22 July 2010.
  12. ^ "ARIA Report: Week Commencing 30 January 2008" (PDF) (830). Australian Recording Industry Association. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Pendulum – Hold Your Colour". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Hold Your Colour in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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