The UK by way of Australia band, Pendulum, have released
their new album IMMERSION via Atlantic Records. They are currently
supporting the release with both an arena tour of the US as main
support for Linkin Park and their series of headlining dates with
support from Innerpartysystem.
American audiences have already been acquainted with Pendulum as
they've completed two sold out headlining tours of the US to date,
the last of which included a performance at LA’s Club Nokia (2300
capacity). Nominated by Q Magazine as the "Best Live Act,"
Pendulum is widely known and acknowledged as "THE MUST SEE"
festival act having played headline slots at festivals around the
world from Glastonbury
(England) to Big Day Out (Australia) to Summer Sonic (Japan). Combined
with past dates at Coachella, SXSW and Miami’s Ultra Music Festival,
which they headlined, two late night TV performances (Last Call
Daly and Jimmy Kimmel Live), and a Top 40 alternative commercial
radio hit "Propane Nightmares" from their sophomore album
IN SILICO, Pendulum are quickly turning US audiences on to their
unique blend of electro rock.
PCM had a chance to check out Pendulum on the road
with Linkin Park, and have to say they are definitely worth arriving
early! Pendulum provided the audience with plenty of entainment
early on, getting the crowd amped and ready for Linkin Park. It
was like being engulfed in a wave of pulsing beats and strobe lights,
which brought a rave-like atmosphere to the venue and had the crowd
up and on their feet. This band plays such an agressive style of
techno/hard rock that they completely demand your attention, it
was a shame their set was so short, because for the first time in
awhile we actually wanted the show opener to play just a little
bit longer. If the catchy and beat drive track off Immersion did
not draw you in, then their cover of Metallica's "Master of
Puppets", really cemented this band in our minds. Pendulum
is certainly not a band to miss, and we are anxiously awaiting their
arrival back to our area to grace the stage again soon!
Check out PCM's interview with Pendulum below:
Q: You are headed out with Linkin Park on the "Thousand Suns
Tour". What are some of your expectations from the tour? Can
you take us through a few aspects of a live show for you?
Pendulum: I was expecting either to get amazing reaction
and feel great or I was expecting for it to be kind of tough and
Q: Can you share any details about the North American release
of your album "Immersion"? What should we be expecting?
Pendulum: It's out now. It's the same as the UK release
so it has collaborations with Liam Howlett of Prodigy, Steven Wilson
of Porcupine tree, and the band In Flames. It's a heavier than the
first two albums and complements our live show.
Q: What are your plans for after the "Thousand Suns Tour"?
Are you looking forward to your headlining dates?
Pendulum: Heading to Australia to Future Music Festival
across the continent. Then to the UK for a day then to the US for
Ultra Fest with Tiesto, deadmaus, Dépêche Mode in Miami
then some festivals in the UK.
Q: Can you talk about the writing process for "Immersion"?
Was there anything that you tried that was new and different than
your previous releases? How will this album stand apart?
Pendulum: Immersion was the easiest to write. We learned
a lot of things through the previous two albums. We had a lot of
fun doing Immersion.
Q: How would you best describe your music to a first time listener?
Pendulum: Its very high energy rock influenced electronic
Q: Over the years I am sure that you have shared the stage with
many musicians. Is there a dream artist you would love to share
a stage or collaborate with?
Pendulum: I don't know. I think they're all dead now.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable moments of your career
Pendulum: The bigger festivals where we have a complete
moment and the audience reacts to us like Glastonbury 2009, all
the big festivals, Download Festival. Wherever we play a big stage.
Q: I like to look at music as a universal language that we can
all speak and understand, even if we all take different messages
away. What do you hope that your music speaks to listeners?
Pendulum: An escape. London is stressful at the moment and
listening to our music people forget who and where they are. It's
Q: Pendulum seems like a band that is in touch with their fans.
What is it like for you as artists when a fan says that your music
has helped them through a difficult time or situation?
Pendulum: Its always gonna make you feel a bit strange when
it's helped someone. When someone tells you that you feel strange
but, It's a good thing to know you can help someone through hardship.
Q: Just for fun…what is the strangest rumor your have ever heard
Pendulum: One shitty rumor was that Prodigy and us hate
each other. But we're actually good friends. That's why we did a
track with them on Immersion, because we don't hate each other.
Q: What are some of your favorite songs to play live? Which
really get the crowd moving?
Pendulum: Crush is amazing, Witchcraft, Watercolors always
gets everyone. Islands because the tempo changes and really works
wherever we are in the world.
Q: How has the rise of social networking been an aid to you?
How do you feel about the music industry these days?
Pendulum: Without social networking our last album wouldn't
have been number one. We were going up against Glee and we didn't
think we had a chance but we rallied our fans on social networks
and our fans helped us get to number one. Its as much our number
one as it is theirs.
Q: What is the one thing you cannot live without while out on
the road? Strangest item on your tour rider?
Pendulum: Strange varieties of tea. It's all the bare essentials
really. Lots of hats and leather jackets.
Q: You recently released the video for "Crush", any
fun stories about the video? Plans for next video?
Pendulum: We picked a script we liked and they really went
with it. And really smashed it. It showed the intense aggression
of the song. It's a really good video.
Q: What is the best way for fans to keep up to date with you?
Pendulum: Twitter. We all have individual accounts and are
trying to get the pendulum username that hasn't been used since
2009. Also Facebook
where there's over a million fans and Pendulum.com
of course .
Q: Any final message or comment to share with your fans and
our site audience?
Pendulum: If you haven't heard of us, check us out on Youtube.
There are tons of candid and professionally done videos you can
check out to see what we're like live.