It appears that a lot of drum and bass fans’ wishes have been answered. Pendulum are returning as a live band for the Ultra Music Festival in Miami in 2016.
For those who didn’t already know, Pendulum were formed in 2002 by Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen and Paul Harding. After releasing the initial singles ‘Vault’, ‘Trail of Sevens’ and ‘The Spiral’ they went on to sign with Adam F’s Breakbeat Kaos label and release their debut album ‘Hold Your Colour’ in 2005.
Eventually abandoning the label following an unauthorised re-release of the album, Pendulum shed the shackles of their perceived sound and embraced the electronic rock band setup. Their second album ‘In Silico’ still included drum and bass elements but incorporated the full band in a way that separated it from their previous material. From here they went from strength to strength – producing covers of popular songs in a way that made them their own, such as The Prodigy’s ‘Voodoo People’, Calvin Harris’ ‘I’m Not Alone’ and Linkin’ Park’s ‘The Catalyst’.
2010 saw them release their third album, ‘Immersion’. Stellar production and a perfect blend of electronic and rock, this was a fresh and invigorating sound coming from Pendulum. The new material brought in new fans and took their live shows to a new level that was already very high.
But eventually the material and the road became stale in the mind of Rob Swire and resulted in a change of direction in 2011 when he, together with Gareth McGrillen, formed Knife Party. This ‘side-project’ took on a life of its own and since 2012 it has been the main project for the pair.
I love both Pendulum and Knife Party. Some like one and not the other, but there has definitely been a wave of opinions across the web over the past 3 years calling for Pendulum’s return and I can’t deny that I am excited at the prospect that this has become a reality.
Whatever happens off the back of this reunion is currently a matter of much speculation. Will we see a full tour or even a new album? Does this mean this is the end of the Knife Party project? As I expressed in my review of the ‘Trigger Warning EP’, I’m not sure how much further they can go with Knife Party, so this announcement is very intriguing and exciting.
By Will Hunt
Pendulum over the years
Plastic World (feat. Fats & TC) – Hold Your Colour (2005)
Propane Nightmares – In Silico (2008)
Different (VIP)/I’m Not Alone – Live at Glastonbury Festival (2009)
Crush – Immersion (2010)