"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.In Silico (2008) seemed to cross drum and bass with a conventional rock band, 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.But chances are, unless you're a drum and bass fan, you know them for 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.
Break the Cutie: "Witchcraft" is about a man coming home to find his girlfriend brutally maimed.
Black Sheep Hit: In the United States, Hold Your Colour is probably their most well-known album, despite being very different stylistically to their other albums. Pretty much averted everywhere else though.
"The Island" is also this for the entire band, being a House song.
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.
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 Swire singing "...they're in my head, they're in my soul".
Missing Episode: Averted with "Ransom". Originally slated for release on "Immersion", it was partially previewed and became a fan favorite, but was dropped for the final release due to the band believing it didn't fit with the sound of the album and "got boring after the intro". It appeared to be Lost Forever due to the final version's project files being corrupted, but eventually reached the light of day as it was released as a charity single in April 2011 to benefit earthquake aid appeal for Japan.
"Visions" is the one vocal Pendulum track (and song off of In Silico) that never got played and never will be played live, likely due to the type of vocoder used in the track.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creator Cameo: Rob and Gareth show up momentarily in the music video for "Slam", back when Pendulum was just a production duo instead of a band.
Early-Bird Cameo: 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.
Early-Installment Weirdness: In terms of production, Hold Your Colour is very different from the other two albums, In Silico and Immersion. Hold Your Colour is more traditionally electronic produced (tying in with its "Drum & Bass with guitars" sound), while In Silico and Immersion involve far more live instruments and a more streamlined sound (with In Silico leaning more towards rock and Immersion leaning more towards electronic). The difference in style and production between Immersion and Hold Your Colour is nearly night and day.
Easter Egg: This video of famed music producer 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".
Heterosexual Life-Partners: 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.
Shrinking Violet: Rob of all people. During interviews, he very rarely actually says anything (unless directly asked something) or looks at the camera, usually rubbing his eyes or fidgeting, or staring at a cup he's holding. In fact, he is so quiet and shy that fans go nuts any time they come across him actually making complete sentences in an interview. Orsmiling.
Slasher Smile: Rob will occasionally try to make an effort to seem pleasant in interviews, but it often comes off as this instead.
Special mention to 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"
The Stoic: Everyone tends to be this in press shots, but Rob really takes it Up to Eleven, looking the scariest out of all of them and having a nearly unchanging (and/or seemingly angry) stoic expression while performing.
Vocal Dissonance: Rob Swire is an odd case. For someone who always looks so 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 very quiet speaking voice and presence in interviews.