Posted on July 31, 2012 AT 06:59pm
Welcome to the first edition of Reverbs/Revelations, where we broaden your musical horizons an artist at a time! It may be rock, it may be metal, it may be EDM, classical, or blues… Are you ready for an aural adventure?
This week, we’re going electronic. Or are we going rock? Or is it drum and bass?
Pendulum is a group which Wikipedia has decided to place into all of the above: Electro House, Electronic Rock, and Drum and Bass categories. It’s impossible to put them into a single genre, as that each of their songs tend to traverse a number of styles. They were headed up by Rob Swire [vocals and Ztar], who some of you may know from his vocals in Deadmau5′s ‘Ghosts N Stuff’. He’s also half of the group Knife Party. Also in the group was Gareth McGrillen [bassist, backing vocals, and the other half of Knife Party], Paul “El Hornet” Harding [DJ], Peredur “Perry” ap Gwynedd [guitarist], Ben “The Verse” Mount [MC], Kevin “K.J.” Sawka [drummer].
Sadly, just last month, Rob announced that he and Gareth were going full time with Knife Party, and that no further Pendulum albums were forthcoming. I managed to learn of these guys just in time to see them go elsewhere. They may pick things back up sometime, but for now, the party is all about the knives.
Their music has evolved greatly since their first album, Hold Your Color, which was primarily a drum and bass affair. Heading into In Silico and Immersion, they became more of a multi-faceted EDM group with twists of rock, rap, DNB, chiptune, and even dubstep. Though the concept may sound absurdly schizophrenic, it all meshes beautifully.
They’ve only done a handful of music videos, though what they have done are top notch. The video for ‘Crush’ is particularly intense:
If you’d like to step into a unique soundscape, you certainly can’t go wrong with giving Pendulum a listen.
Do you like what you’ve heard so far? You can pick up their albums digitally on iTunes, the Google Play store, the Zune Marketplace, and Amazon MP3. Or, if you’re like me and still enjoy being able to hold an actual album, you can always search your favorite record store or find a physical copy online. Give it a go, and feel free to check out related artists; you’re certain to find something wonderful!
Do you have any groups, MCs, DJs, or other artists to suggest? I’m always willing to listen!
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