Hold Your Colour

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Hold Your Colour
Studio album by Pendulum
Released 25 July 2005
(see release history)
Recorded 2003-2005
Genre Drum & Bass
Length 1:19:49
Label Breakbeat Kaos
Producer Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen, Paul Harding
Pendulum chronology
Hold Your Colour
(2005)
In Silico
(2008)
Alternative cover
2007 reissue
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"
    Released: 19 September 2005
  5. "Hold Your Colour / Streamline"
    Released: 13 February 2006
  6. "Blood Sugar"
    Released: 18 June 2007

Hold Your Colour is the debut full-length album by British/Australian drum and bass band Pendulum. The album was mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis in London.[1] It was released in 2005 and reissued in 2007 by Breakbeat Kaos. The album cover inspired the single cover for later Pendulum release "Witchcraft".

This 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 forty in the UK Singles Chart.[2] In addition, a non-album single, "Blood Sugar" / "Axle Grinder", released on 18 June 2007, was later appended to 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]

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 Bipolar's remix 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. Title Length
1. "Prelude"   0:52
2. "Slam"   5:44
3. "Plasticworld" (featuring Fats & TC) 6:21
4. "Fasten Your Seatbelt" (featuring The 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" (featuring Fresh, $pyda & 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:
1:19:49

Reissue[edit]

In the 2007 reissue, "Blood Sugar" and "Axle Grinder" took the place of "Another Planet" and "Still Grey". The reissue also erroneously contains gaps of silence at the end of each track, causing the album to lose its original sense of flow.[3]

2007 reissue
No. Title Length
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. Title Side Length
1. "Hold Your Colour"   A 5:28
2. "Girl in the Fire"   B 4:53
3. "Through the Loop"   C 6:13
4. "Plasticworld" (featuring Fats & TC) D 6:21
5. "The Terminal"   E 5:42
6. "Sounds of Life" (featuring Jasmine Yee) F 5:21
Total length:
33:58

Samples[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Catalogue
United Kingdom 25 July 2005 (2005-07-25) 12" LP BBK002LP
BBK002LPD
Worldwide 1 August 2005 (2005-08-01) CD, download BBK002CD
16 July 2007 (2007-07-16) BBK002CDR

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
ARIA Chart 40
UK Albums Chart[2] 29

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart Hawkes discography. Discogs. Retrieved on 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Chart Stats – Pendulum. ChartStats.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. 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. 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.

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