[[caption-width-right:350: Like them or not, few deny Pendulum are [[RuleOfCool Cool]].]]

->''"I think we're very lucky it's 2010. If it were any other time, audiences wouldn't respond as well as they do now."''
->--'''Rob Swire'''

Pendulum are an Australian-British DrumAndBass and electronic rock band founded in 2002 in Perth by Rob Swire, Gareth [=McGrillen=], and Paul Harding. Harding was a veteran DJ while Swire and [=McGrillen=] were members of the rock band known as Xygen. After hearing Konflict's "Messiah" at a rave, they were inspired to enter into the drum and bass genre. In 2003 the band relocated to the United Kingdom.

What followed was an album, ''Hold Your Colour'', that was said to have changed the face of drum and bass. [[UpToEleven And then]] they got [[NewSoundAlbum inventive]].

''In Silico'' (2008) seemed to [[GenreBusting cross drum and bass with conventional rock instrumentation]], causing a [[BrokenBase serious backlash]] from their [[FanDumb fanbase]]. The integration of styles on ''Immersion'' (2010) pacified most of this and offered greater crossover than ever before.

Very popular in Britain and Australia, but considered one hit wonders in the US, with the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04QpInkz9so Propane Nightmares]].

Unlike most drum and bass DJ acts, Pendulum are known to put on spectacular live shows, equally at home supporting Music/IronMaiden or playing DJ sets in underground clubs.

Unfortunately, Swire announced the indefinite dissolution of Pendulum on his Twitter in June of 2012, claiming that it had become more work than fun. In the mean time, Swire and Gareth [=McGrillen=] are working on their new {{Dubstep}} and Electro House project, Music/KnifeParty.

On August 21, 2013, Swire [[https://twitter.com/rob_swire/status/370401244327579648 announced]] that Pendulum will "probably" release a new album in 2014. As of August 2016 there has been little talk of a new album, but the live band is back from hiatus, playing at [[https://youtu.be/EYMJizj3Qq8 ULTRA 2016]] to mark its return. Beyond this, a [[https://twitter.com/Pendulum/status/969300800777449487 remix album]] was announced on March 1. 2018, with a full release date of June 29 and the first single, a Noisia remix of "Hold Your Colour", released on March 16.
+ Music/TheProdigy, Konflict]
[[AC:Pendulum Members:]]
* Rob Swire - vocals, synth, producer
* Peredur ap Gwynedd - guitar
* Gareth [=McGrillen=] - bass guitar, DJ
* Kevin 'KJ' Sawka - drums
* Paul 'El Hornet' Harding - DJ

[[AC: Former members:]]
* Paul Kodish - drums
* Ben 'The Verse' Mount - MC

[[AC: Discography:]]
* 2005 - ''Hold Your Colour''
* 2008 - ''In Silico''
* 2010 - ''Immersion''
* 2018 - ''The Reworks''

!Pendulum have examples of:

[[folder:Song tropes]]
* AlienInvasion: "Granite" ''appears'' to be about one, but denied by Rob on twitter, stating that "abduction is a metaphor".
* BreakTheCutie: "Witchcraft" is about a man coming home to find his girlfriend brutally maimed.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Self vs Self" ends with guest vocalist [[Music/InFlames Anders Friden]] letting out a tremendous scream.
* {{Cult}}: The subject of Propane Nightmares. The cult in the music video is based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate_(religious_group) Heaven's Gate.]]
* DreamTeam: They have worked with several other bands, more emblematically Music/TheProdigy and Music/InFlames.
** Their remix of "Voodoo People" is considered to be even better than the original.
* EpicRocking: A surprising number of their tracks clock in at over 5 minutes. On ''Hold Your Colour'', only one track is under this, and by only 7 seconds.
** Special mention must be made of the album closers: "Still Grey", "The Tempest", and "Encoder", which tend to feature false endings and synth-heavy codas.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Prelude" into "Slam" on ''Hold Your Colour''.
** In live performances, their cover of [[Music/{{Metallica}} "Master of Puppets"]] is used to segue into "Slam".
* IncrediblyLongNote: A few times. "Propane Nightmares", for example, ends with a ten-second one.
* LastNoteNightmare:
** On ''Hold Your Colour'', "Slam" ends with its bombastic breakbeat corroding and devolving into a wall of distorted noise.
** They seem to love ending their albums with this.
*** "Still Grey" from ''Hold Your Colour'' ends with a creepy synth-heavy fade out.
*** "The Tempest" from ''In Silico'' ends with fifteen seconds of guitar feedback.
*** "Encoder" from ''Immersion'' ends with water splashing and a wham fading in before abruptly cutting.
* MindControl: "The Other Side" is about breaking from this, complete with verses [[CreepyMonotone intoned]] from a VoiceOfTheLegion alternating with a very distraught verses about "they're in my head, they're in my soul".
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Rob's vocals in earlier songs like "Hold Your Colour" and "Streamline", before he officially became the lead singer of the band for ''In Silico'' onwards, when he switched to his ridiculously powerful vocal style. Completely averted live even when singing songs like "Hold Your Colour", however, in favor of his signature strong voice.
* PrecisionFStrike: Several examples. Naturally, all these songs are on ''[[DarkerAndEdgier In Silico]]''.
** One that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar went unnoticed by the censors]] in "Visions":
-->"I'm gonna be a '''fucking''' superstar."
** And two more in "The Tempest":
-->"I know that I can help you, I just don't '''fucking''' want to."\\
"You caused this '''shit''' to happen and now you want out?"
** And in "Showdown":
-->"I know you thought I'd sold my soul, but never told me to my face; I just had to leave you cold, ''blow this '''shit''' away''!"
* ProtestSong: "The Vulture".
* RapRock: "The Vulture".
* SelfBackingVocalist: Rob sings all of the harmonies and countermelodies as well as the lead melody; sometimes it's mixed as such that it's barely noticeable. Averted live, however - Gareth and Ben provide backing vocals instead.
** "Visions" deserves a special mention - during the bridge before the chorus ("Just leave this place..."), Rob is actually self-backing his ''vocoded'' vocals without vocoder. It's barely audible, but becomes obvious if, say, your headphones happen to be partially unplugged.
* SiameseTwinSongs: The first two tracks on ''Hold Your Colour'', "Prelude" and "Slam". [[FadingIntoTheNextSong "Prelude" transitions into "Slam" perfectly]], and "Slam" reuses bits of the main sample of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' utilized in "Prelude".
* SopranoAndGravel: Used in "Self vs Self", which features MelodicDeathMetal band Music/InFlames. The vocalist Anders Friden uses his traditional HarshVocals in the song, highly contrasting with Rob Swire's melodic croons. Notably one of the few examples where the "Soprano" voice ''is male'' instead of female as listed in the trope's description.
* SpokenWordInMusic: All over the place, especially in their older songs (such as "Slam" and "Masochist"). Seems to be a favorite trope of Rob and Gareth, as it shows up often in their Music/KnifeParty tracks, too.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "The Vulture" features Ben Mount on vocals instead of Swire.
* SubliminalSeduction: The main melody of "Granite" is consistent through the song until near the end, when a different melody is played for the last 52 seconds. Playing the song backwards reveals that the ending melody is the main melody in reverse.
* TakeThat: "Showdown", which is an attack at the "fans" who labeled them sell-outs for dropping their traditional drum-and-bass sound in favour of a more sophisticated electro-rock one.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Encoder" is essentially one big long lyrical one of these. Rob Swire tweeted that it was about leaving unworthy friends behind.
** "The Tempest" is also a very, very angry one. Oddly enough, both "The Tempest" and "Encoder" are the closers for their respective albums.

[[folder:Misc tropes (videos and other stuff)]]
* AwesomeAussie: Totally an awesome bunch of Aussies.
* BadassBookworm: Rob Swire. As well as providing all the vocals and synths on their two most recent albums, he also produced ''and'' wrote them, and [[http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun08/articles/pendulum.htm this]] interview shows just how complex a task that was.
** Also remember that their live shows run their instruments through 13 computers, giving a sound very close to that on their records, but with nothing pre-recorded.
* BadassBeard: Rob Swire's got quite a cool goatee, while Paul has one of the manliest beards to ever exist in electronic music.
* {{Bishonen}}: [[http://possiblechops.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/KJ-Sawka.jpg Kevin Sawka]]. Also Rob Swire.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Constantly invoked with the band's official photos.
* ClusterFBomb: In contrast to their music's leaning toward PrecisionFStrike, ''everyone'' curses like crazy in interviews or on social media. Rob Swire and Gareth [=McGrillen=] in particular are walking {{Cluster FBomb}}s online.
* CreatorCameo: Rob and Gareth show up momentarily in the music video for "Slam", back when Pendulum was just a production duo instead of a band.
* DancingIsSeriousBusiness: The video for "Slam" has a man in a suit dancing to the song on the sidewalk...with his shirt off, and his tie wrapped around his head.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Peredur ap Gwynedd appears on the track "Girl in the Fire" from Hold Your Colour, a year before he joined the band as their guitarist.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Hold Your Colour'' is far more traditionally-produced as an electronic album with a sound leaning towards "electronic that happens to have guitars", while ''In Silico'' and ''Immersion'' were recorded and produced as ensemble albums and lean more towards electrorock.
* EasterEgg: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-q0anRDGto This video]] of famed music producer Music/{{deadmau5}}; if you look closely at 26 seconds... Yes, that guy peeking in the crowd near deadmau5... That's Rob Swire.
** It helps the fact that he made the vocals for the vocal edit of "Ghosts n' Stuff".
%%* [[AerithandBob Gareth and Rob]]
* HesBack: After four years of performing as {{Knife Party}}, Rob and Gareth came back to perform as Pendulum at a festival. Paul's [[https://instagram.com/p/6suU36C-vo/?taken-by=elhornet photo of Rob DJing]] very much invokes this trope.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Rob and Gareth, majorly. To the point of Gareth misconstruing a question about the two of them being married as being married ''to each other''.
* KubrickStare: Rob is doing a pretty impressive one in [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkuehiBr7A1qho8hko1_500.jpg this press pic]].
* LargeHam: Ben "Verse" Mount and Gareth in particular, but ''everyone'' ([[TheStoic except Rob]]) is hamming it up during live performances.
* LeadBassist: Gareth [=McGrillen=], of the "co-creator" type.
* MetalScream: Used quite a lot in ''In Silico'', especially in "Showdown".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Their stuff in ''In Silico'' crosses level 6 territory.
** Their hardest guitar-based song yet, "Self vs Self" from the album ''Immersion'', is a solid 8.
** ''Hold Your Colour'' is a solid 5 and ''Immersion'' is an hard 7-soft 8.
*** On Immersion: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FTRXx3DXpM Set Me on Fire]]" is a soft 9, being Pendulum's first foray into [[{{Dubstep}} brostep]].
* RealMenWearPink: Rob Swire has a [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/c503b262d83da0a1c5e5e7fc8e3de223/tumblr_mrwhnhhn4W1r318rho1_500.png very]] [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/e4c9f4213d93557a18c6536b54ba9e21/tumblr_mp1olfYlSQ1r318rho1_500.png vocal]] [[http://media.tumblr.com/ef13d77e4b110d0bc15f882b7907ee1a/tumblr_inline_mltsznDqy51qz4rgp.png love]] [[http://media.tumblr.com/84f643973cca209b71ed2dd1a6040fed/tumblr_inline_mltt28wXnK1qz4rgp.png for cooking]], and Rob, Gareth, and Paul all love to post pics of their adorable cats.
* RenaissanceMan: Among being credited for writing and production on ''all'' songs and vocals on most, Rob can be found credited on various songs on all three albums in roles such as guitar, bass guitar, and percussion. He also happened to help produce {{Music/Rihanna}}'s song [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent Rude Boy]].
* {{Sampling}}:
** "Through the Loop" samples from the tunnel scene of ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''.
** Right before the first drop of "Fasten Your Seatbelt", a line from ''Film/SpiderMan2'' provides something of a TitleDrop ("Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts").
* ShrinkingViolet: Rob's eternal [[TheStoic stoic expression]] during press photos and concerts is greatly contrasted by just how completely [[TheQuietOne quiet]] and shy he seems in interviews. Unless he's the sole subject, Gareth is generally the one doing the talking for him.
* SlasherSmile: Rob will occasionally try to make an effort to seem pleasant in interviews and fan photos, but it often comes off as this instead.
** Special mention to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyhRXJjpBsU this interview]], in which it's fairly obvious that Rob is smiling while wanting to throttle (or perhaps brutally murder) the host.
--> '''Commenter''': "That's rob wishing he owned a gun during the acapella"
* StageNames: Ben "Verse" Mount, and Rob Swire... The latter's actual name is Rob Swire ''Thompson'', which makes it an inversion of an {{Embarrassing Middle Name}}.
* TheStoic: Everyone tends to be this in press shots, but Rob really takes it UpToEleven, looking the scariest out of all of them and having a nearly unchanging (and/or [[TranquilFury seemingly angry]]) stoic expression while performing.
* VocalDissonance: Rob Swire is an odd case. For someone who always looks so [[PerpetualFrowner grave and intimidating]], he has a relatively gentle voice and is a straight singer as opposed to, say, a death metal screamer or growler. But on the other hand, it's also ''incredibly powerful'' live, which contrasts greatly with his [[ShrinkingViolet very quiet]] speaking voice and presence in interviews.