A lot of things have been said about this Aussie drum and bass group. The object of ire amongst purists, their somewhat controversial melding of tough dee bee with hard rock and metal has nevertheless won over fans and critics. Meet Pendulum and get this – they’re a band!
Original members Rob Swire (vocals/synth/producer), Gareth McGrillen (bass guitar/DJ) and Paul ‘Elhornet’ Harding (DJ) were itching to perform live after their 2005 debut album Hold Your Colours went supernova. A critical and commercial success it’s become one of the biggest deebee albums ever. In came Perry Gwynedd on guitars, Kodish on drums and Verse on MC duties for a live set up that has since seen them play Glasto and Creamfields among other major festivals.
In Silico, their follow up released in May under Earstorm, their own label (they were previously signed to mentor Adam F’s Breakbeat Kaos) is similarly tipped for great things. Their first as a fully-fledged rock band, flexing serious muscle in the face of the menacing basslines and slamming breakbeats are the hard riffing guitars and full vocals. Presenting prog rock for the club generation the band’s Led Zeppelin and Japanese surf band Surf Coasters inspirations take centre stage.
But Pendulum has never been interested in making straight up d ‘n’ b. According to the boys, they want their music to be a form of self-escape. “While technology continues to constantly advance production techniques and (arguably) sound quality, something has been lost in the processâ€”that original sense of self-escape, the idea of leaving yourself open to experience something you don’t necessarily find in everyday life. That was the energy we picked up on and liked about electronic music when we first got into it,” they explained. Whatever it is, Pendulum looks like they are swinging in the right direction as they climbing up and leave all the haters below.
Pendulum’s In Silico released in May on Earstorm/Warner is available now at all good record stores. More from them at www.pendulum.com
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