Apr 09, 2011

A mainstay in the world of electronic rock, Pendulum is setting the stage to become one of the biggest bands in the world. LessThan3 sat down with members Gareth and Ben at Ultra to learn about their musical and personal growth; check out our exclusive interview with them.

Pendulum - Ransom (Original Mix)
LessThan3: Tell us a little about your tour in America with Linkin Park.
Ben: We want America to experience the full production of Pendulum. When we tour in Australia, the UK, and Europe, we bring a whole visual experience with LED boards and extra lights, so we wanted to do a few shows like that in America. With our shows with Linkin Park, the music’s not the same but we both share similarities in terms of a forward-thinking technological approach to the gig.
LessThan3: Linkin Park has evolved and diversified their sound over the years, aggressively incorporating new genres and styles. You guys have also been known to do the same.
Ben: We’re severely ADD, so I think that’s why we’re never really sure what we’re going to write next. We’re not necessarily inspired at the moment to write a new record until the inspiration comes and we’re sure we have something that’s going to be new. We don’t want to go back to the studio to write a whole bunch of other Witchcrafts and Watercolours.
Gareth: I think that’s the whole key with us–doing something different from what we were doing before.
LessThan3: Hold Your Colour was pretty revolutionary. Tell us more about that album.
Gareth: That album was us doing our take on every facet of drum’n’bass we liked. Stuff that Tekage or Andy C would play. Every song had a story and subgenre. I guess In Silico was everything but drum’n’bass. Immersion was everything we couldn’t do in Hold Your Colour and In Silico, and a bit of a compromise between the two.
Ben: With Immersion, collaborations were a big part of it as well. We’ve done two successful albums, and so more artists are willing to know your work and to collaborate with you. We couldn’t have done Self v Self with In Flames on In Silico. We wouldn’t have been able to do a house track like The Island on Hold Your Colour.
LessThan3: Your transition in sound from Hold Your Colour to In Silico reflected a constant desire and need to change up your sound. Why is that?
Gareth: Hold Your Colour was successful so we started shopping around for ideas for a new album. We had a few record label people that said, “We don’t hear an album here. We want to hear more tracks like Slam and Bloodsugar.” That enraged us, so we set out to piss everyone off. The whole ethos of In Silico was to take inspiration from everything but drum’n’bass, so we were influenced by a lot of sounds from Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zeppelin, and more progressive rock.
Ben: It was definitely taking a big risk.
LessThan3: Do you think you alienated some of your loyal fans by changing your sound away from drum’n’bass?
Ben: We alienated about 60,000 people by moving away from drum’n’bass, which is about the entire strength of the genre, and gained about 500,000 to a million fans. People out there think that it has something to do with us switching labels from Breakbeat Kaos to Atlantic; they have this impression that we woke up one day and started wearing guitars and leather jackets and started acting like wankers. That’s not what happened.
Gareth: We come from a metal background, and then we got the drum’n’bass bug. It infected us. We loved it for what it was.
LessThan3: Where did your inspiration come from to produce a house track like The Island?
Gareth: It’s called The Island because of Ibiza and our growing passion for house music. House music has really changed a lot in the past four to six years. It’s getting heavier, more aggressive, and more diverse, and that was just our tribute to the genre.
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