The band’s news of separation this year was a sucker punch to EDM and eclectic music lovers alike, however, the members have stated that they will possibly release an album in a couple of years.
Rob and Gareth’s main focus is now on the dubstep and electro house of the duo’s now primary project, Knife Party. Just what set Pendulum apart from the other drum and bass acts?
Gareth and Rob came from the metal rock scene. They partnered with drum and bass DJ, Paul Harding, and the stage was then set. Their remix of The Prodigy’s “Voodoo People,” is one of the band’s most well-known remix. Though known for their plethora of remixes, the band certainly made a name for themselves on their three major releases consisting of:
Hold Your Colour (2005)
|3.||Plasticworld (featuring Singing Fats & TC)|
|4.||Fasten Your Seatbelt (featuring The Freestylers)|
|5.||Through the Loop|
|6.||Sounds of Life (featuring Jasmine Yee)|
|7.||Girl in the Fire|
|8.||Tarantula (featuring Fresh, $pyda & Tenor Fly)|
|10.||Hold Your Colour|
In Silico (2008)
|6.||The Other Side|
|2.||Salt in the Wounds|
|4.||Set Me on Fire|
|6.||Under the Waves||Rob Swire, Ben Mount, Paul Harding|
|7.||Immunize (feat. Liam Howlett)||Rob Swire, Liam Howlett|
|8.||The Island – Pt. 1 (Dawn)|
|9.||The Island – Pt. 2 (Dusk)|
|10.||Comprachicos||Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen|
|11.||The Vulture||Rob Swire, Ben Mount|
|12.||Witchcraft||Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen|
|13.||Self vs Self (feat. In Flames)||Rob Swire, Anders Fridén, Björn Gelotte|
|14.||The Fountain (feat. Steven Wilson)||Rob Swire, Steven Wilson|
|15.||Encoder||Rob Swire, Peredur ap Gwynedd|
Each album showcases the individual artist’s creative background ranging from the various EDM sub-genres of dubstep and electro house to the bold infusion of hard rock’s heavy drums and guitar riffs. I get chills whenever I watch the Brixton Academy set on DVD:
The blend of live electric guitar strums, drums, bold vocals and well placed synths highlights the guys’ trendsetting ability to bring hard rock elements to the EDM scene. Not to go unmentioned, was their high energy and chants to the crowd, such as was stated at their 2009 Brixton Academy set: “nobody lazy and no half measures!” An audience of buzzing crowd-surfers, moshers and hypnotized onlookers took the common EDM term, “rage on,” to a completely different level compared to the LCD light and bass drilling DJ sets that were and are currently in queue on the tours of various artists.
Although we no longer have Pendulum, we do have the high bar that they set for up-and-coming artists to aspire to meet or excel in developing unique and buzzworthy music to be remembered for years to come.