Artist of the Week: Pendulum

When Pendulum was formed, their musical style was considerably more drum and bass sounding than the work they are known for today.

The Faces Behind the Dynamic AUS/UK Sound

Signature tunes such as “Masochist”, “Vault”, “Back 2 You” and “Voyager”, which were released on labels such as Uprising Records, 31 Records, Renegade Hardware and Low Profile Records, have a darker, more amelodic air to them which is substantially absent from their later productions. The band’s newer work is regarded as generally leaning heavily towards a mainstream, dance-driven sound. Early work such as “Another Planet” seems to indicate an early affinity with a more global sound, similar to other Breakbeat Kaos artists such as DJ Fresh and Adam F.

Pendulum is an Australian-British drum and bass and electronic rock band founded in 2002 by Australian musicians Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen, and Paul Harding. Swire and McGrillen were formerly members of the rock band Xygen but after hearing Konflict’s “Messiah” at a club they were inspired to enter into the drum and bass genre. Making the genre jump, they founded soon founded Pendulum with Harding, who was a veteran DJ in the drum and bass scene. Attracting some commercial and critical acclaim the band moved from Perth, Australia to the United Kingdom in 2003.

To date, Hold Your Colour holds true to the drum and bass genre but Pendulum has also experimented with mixing other genres into their work. This can be heard most prevalently on In Silico and Immersion. Their newer releases incorporate styles from genres such as alternative rock, heavy metal, dubstep and house music.

Pendulum is also well known for their live shows which feature a live band setup and advanced visual displays aiding in their infusion of drum and bass experience with more classic rock elements.