Like them or not, few deny Pendulum are 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."
Pendulum are an Australian-British drum and bass 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
, said to have changed the face of drum and bass. And then
they got inventive
(2008) seemed to cross drum and bass with conventional rock instrumentation
, causing a serious backlash
from their 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 Propane Nightmares
Unlike most drum and bass DJ acts, Pendulum are known to put on spectacular live shows, equally at home supporting Iron Maiden
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, Knife Party
On August 21, 2013, Swire announced
that Pendulum will "probably" release a new album in 2014.
Former members: Discography:
- Rob Swire - vocals, synth, producer
- Peredur ap Gwynedd - guitar
- Gareth McGrillen - bass guitar, DJ
- Kevin Sawka - drums
- Paul 'El Hornet' Harding - DJ
- Ben 'The Verse' Mount - MC
- 2005 - Hold Your Colour
- 2008 - In Silico
- 2010 - Immersion
Pendulum have examples of:
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- Alien Invasion: "Granite" appears to be about one, but denied by Rob on twitter, stating that "abduction is a metaphor".
- Break the Cutie: "Witchcraft" is about a man coming home to find his girlfriend brutally maimed.
- Careful With That Axe: "Self vs Self" ends with guest vocalist Anders Friden letting out a tremendous scream.
- Cult: The subject of Propane Nightmares. The cult in the music video is based on Heaven's Gate.
- Dream Team: They have worked with several other bands, more emblematically The Prodigy and In Flames.
- Their remix of "Voodoo People" is considered to be even better than the original.
- Epic Rocking: 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.
- Incredibly Long Note: A few times. "Propane Nightmares", for example, ends with a ten-second one.
- Last Note Nightmare: 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" ends with fifteen seconds of guitar feedback. "Encoder" ends with water splashing and a wham fading in before abruptly cutting.
- Mind Control: "The Other Side" is about breaking from this, complete with verses intoned from a Voice of the Legion alternating with a very distraught verses about "they're in my head, they're in my soul".
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: 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.
- Precision F-Strike: One that 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?"
"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!"
- Protest Song: "The Vulture".
- Rap Rock: "The Vulture".
- Self-Backing Vocalist: 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.
- Soprano and Gravel: Used in "Self vs Self", which features Melodic Death Metal band In Flames. The vocalist Anders Friden uses his traditional Harsh Vocals 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.
- Spoken Word in Music: 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 Knife Party tracks, too.
- Step Up to the Microphone: "The Vulture" features Ben Mount on vocals instead of Swire.
- Subliminal Seduction: 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.
- Take That: "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.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "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.
Misc tropes (videos and other stuff)