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are a clownstep/rock group with the original members, Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen and Paul Harding, from Perth, Australia.
Paul Harding is a veteran DJ while Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen had
an acclaimed rock band called Xygen but after hearing Konflict's
"Messiah" at a rave they made the decision to produce drum and bass
instead. In 2003 they relocated to the United Kingdom and are now one
of the top drum and bass producers. While Hold Your Colour held true to this
intent, they have since experimented with mixing rock influences back
in, with the rock-heavy second album In Silico, and the upcoming third
album, Immersion, being slightly less so. Their newer efforts also
incorporate styles from other genres, such as dubstep, heavy metal and
electro house. Pendulum are now better known for their energetic live
shows, with live band setup and advanced visual displays and
incorporating their rock background with drum and bass.
The Pendulum sound is typically heavy beats accompanied by low,
buzzing basslines, often played in unision with guitars and/or bass
guitar, overlaid with synthesized leads. When Pendulum started
out as producers in Australia, their sound was considerably more drum
and bass-influenced than the work they are known for today. Over time,
this led to a change of audience and listeners from underground to
mainstream listeners. On their soon to be released third album
Immersion, they have returned to the sound shown on Hold Your Colour
whilst still retaining the more rock - based style of music used on In
Silico and expanding into Dubstep and Electro House. Pendulum's current
musical style consists of a fusion of electronica and rock, with the
inclusion of acoustic instruments. Songs such as "Propane Nightmares"
and "Granite" continued to be synth-led, whilst others, such as
"Showdown" and "The Tempest", were guitar-led. Gareth McGrillen stated
in an interview on Channel 4 that they use 13 computers during the live
performances, all of which are mixing up the sounds produced by the
instruments in real time. Signature tunes such as "Vault", "Back to
You", "Voyager" and "Toxic Shock", which were released on labels such
as Uprising Records, Renegade Hardware and Low Profile Records, have a
darker, more amelodic air to them which is substantially absent from
their later productions, which are generally leaning heavily towards a
mainstream, dance-driven sound. Early work such as "Another Planet"
however, seems to indicate an early affinity with a more global sound,
similar to other Breakbeat Kaos artists such as DJ Fresh and Adam F.
Their new track (at that time) "Ransom" was played at their Noisia set
at WMC. Ransom was later dropped from the final mix of their latest
album, Immersion. The group has produced various remixes of other
artists also; the most well-known being their remix of "Voodoo People",
originally by The Prodigy. Pendulum have also remixed themselves. In
2006, their collaboration with the Freestylers - "Painkiller" - was
remixed by NOISIA and released on Against the Grain Records. In
2008-2010, they covered songs including Led Zeppelin "Immigrant Song",
Coldplay's "Violet Hill", Metallica's "Master of Puppets", Calvin
Harris' "I'm Not Alone" and remixed Plan B's "Stay Too Long".
Currently, only The Prodigy remix, Plan B remix and a BBC Radio 1
recording of the Violet Hill cover have been released to purchase,
although a full studio version of the Master of Puppets remix does
Paul Kodish has mysteriously left the group for no apparent reason,
the band refused to comment on it in a recent interview with NME. Both
members were only session musicians, MC Jakes was not an official
member, but a session member during 2006, he now occasionally performs
with El Hornet, during DJ sets when Verse is unavailable due to
performing with the live band.
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 denouncing the album on public
internet forum Dogs on Acid. Drum & Bass musician Goldie has
criticized Pendulum's single 'Granite' for being what he calls a "shit
single", and accused the band of not acknowledging the Drum & Bass
scene from which they came. Fans are also still waiting for an official
comment on why Paul Kodish was replaced but the band has yet to answer.
Official Homepage: www.pendulum.com
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