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A Tribute to Pendulum

A Tribute to Pendulum
Beverly Stoll

Words By: Gabrielle Nicole Pharms


Drum n’ bass Aussie trio, Pendulum, consisted of Gareth McGrillen, Rob Swire and Paul Harding; the multi-talented three produced a cutting edge sound that combined elements of electro house with drum and bass and electronic rock.

(L) Gareth McGrillen (C) Rob Swire (R) Paul Harding


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.


Pendulum (Live Set)

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)

   Track Listing:

1.  Prelude
2.  Slam
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)
9.  Out Here
10.  Hold Your Colour
11. The Terminal
12. Streamline
13. Another Planet
14. Still Grey


In Silico  (2008)

 Track Listing:

1. Showdown
2. Different
3. Propane Nightmares
4. Visions
5. Midnight Runner
6. The Other Side
7. Mutiny
8. 9,000 Miles
9. Granite
10. The Tempest




Immersion (2010)

  Track Listing:

1. Genesis
2. Salt in the Wounds
3. Watercolour
4. Set Me on Fire
5. Crush
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.

Photo by: Jay OByrne

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.




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