February 5, 2011


Posted by Unknown on 2/05/2011 03:05:00 PM


Pendulum are an Australian-British drum and bass/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 part of the rock band known as Xygen, but after hearing Konflict's "Messiah" at a rave they were inspired into the drum and bass genre. In 2003 they relocated to the United Kingdom.
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 third album, Immersion, being a mixture of both, together with more electronic influences. Their newer efforts incorporate styles from genres such as alternative rock, heavy metal, dubstep and house music. Pendulum are now better known for their energetic live shows, with live band setup and advanced visual displays and incorporating their drum and bass background with rock.


  • Pendulum formed in Perth, Australia and released their first song, "Vault", as the A-side of the Kingz of the Rollers EP in 2003. After several other singles, including "Spiral" / "Ulterior Motive" and many tracks to be included in their forthcoming LP, they released their debut album, Hold Your Colour, in 2005.

  • Their second album, In Silico, was released in May 2008. The second single from the album, "Propane Nightmares", peaked at #9 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2008, Pendulum played at numerous European music festivals and undertook their first tour of North America. At the end of the year the band filmed a live DVD on December 4 and 5 2008, at the Brixton Academy, which was released in June 2009. They toured Europe again in 2009 where they first announced work on their third studio album.
  • It was announced in December that Pendulum will be touring their new album, Immersion, in May 2010. The release date of the album was announced to be "in May" during the live preview party at Matter, and has since been confirmed to be released on 24 May.
  • Pendulum previewed their album Immersion at the Ear Storm night at London’s Matter nightclub on Friday January 22. This was also streamed on their website. "Salt In The Wounds", a track from their new album, was Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1 on 25 January 2010. It was, however, stated that it was a street-level release, and it was not an official single. On Zane Lowe's show, it was also announced that he wanted to join the band and the first single from the new album would be called "Watercolour". "Watercolour" also received its first play on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 8 March 2010, and was his Single Of The Week for that week. The music video for "Watercolour" was released on 31 March, and it premiered on their MySpace page and the members area of their official website, The Other Side. A day later, on 1 April, another music video was released, this time for "Salt In The Wounds". The video is unique in that it is, according to the band's website, "...the world’s first 360º interactive music video." Viewers can move the camera around in the video. Six different letters are hidden throughout the video, these letters do change; once found, the viewer can enter them as a code and claim a free download of "Salt In The Wounds". Otherwise, "Watercolour" has claimed the #4 spot in the UK Single Chart, making it their biggest hit to date.
  • On May 23, 2010, the band headlined the annual Radio 1's Big Weekend festival which was held at The Vaynol Estate, Bangor, Gwynedd.
  • The second single from the album, "Witchcraft", was released on 18 July and charted at #29 in the UK Singles chart, making it their third highest charted single in the UK. The third single from Immersion was "The Island", and just missed the UK Top 40 at #41.
  • If it had achieved greater success than "Witchcraft", then Rob Swire, lead singer and main producer of the band, would have released a song entitled "Ransom", which was taken off Immersion before release, but had been previewed and became a fan favourite. As it did not do better, Swire revealed the original files for "Ransom" were corrupted, and that he has no plans to recreate them, therefore it will not be released. "Crush" was released as the fourth single in January 2011.
  • On October 26, 2010, Swire announced via Twitter that a new record is in the works. This new record is set to be heavily punk influenced. The next album is expected to be a significant departure from usage of drum and bass tempo, for a faster tempo in the form of punk, and a slower tempo in the form of dubstep.
  • Pendulum are opening for Linkin Park on selected dates of their 2011 "A Thousand Suns" North American Tour.
  • Pendulum are scheduled to play this years Download Festival 2011.

And for those who ask what guitar does Swire have  it’s a Z-TAR Z6 (midi controler)


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