Pendulum Talks "Immersion", Heavy Metal and More
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:26:44
Pendulum swing both ways, quite literally.
The Australian drum and bass/electronic rock band straddles the thin red line between electronic and rock music, choosing to behave liberally in both genres without sounding like a messy mish mash. ARTISTdirect.com News Editor Amy Sciarretto nabbed some time with bassist/DJ Gareth McGrillen, who was proud to discuss the synth happy '80s; his love of heavy metal; the band's ability to perform live with Tiesto as easily as with Iron Maiden; and the Prodigy collaboration on their new album, Immersion, due out January 25th in the U.S., despite being released overseas last year.
Immersion is an equal mix of drum and bass, synths and searing riffs, and it will undoubtedly delight fans who like an amalgam of the electronic and the electric to define their music. While some electronic music sounds cold and synthetic, Pendulum's approach to electronic music comes alive with passion and heat.
Pendulum will spend this Winter opening for Linkin Park in major venues across the country, so if you haven't heard of them yet, by the end of 2011, they very well may be your new favorite band…if you have an open mind and open ears.
All electronic-leaning bands, even heavier, drum and bass-style bands like Pendulum, remind me of the '80s, which was a synth friendly era!
On the song "Encoder," we tried to emulate Genesis and Phil Collins, with epic, synthy chords, where you expect to hear Phil Collins. The track wrote itself. In reality, it's difficult not to sound like '80s electro pop when you have synths. Guitars with anything synthy will sound like hair metal. It's like walking a tightrope to write with that combination.
You're a metal fan, admittedly, and have toured with Iron Maiden and have collaborated with the likes of In Flames and Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson. Will rock and metal fans dig Immersion?
I think so, since we are such metal fans. We think people with similar tastes will like the band. We have opened for Iron Maiden and have played with Alice in Chains, Slipknot and Korn, and then during the same weekend, we played with DJ Tiësto.
How did you hook up with Swedish metal overlords In Flames for a collaboration?
We had a short list of bands we wanted to work with, and we have a few collaborations on this album, since there were none on the previous album. It is a heavy metal thing to do…
And a hip-hop thing to do, too!
And a dance music thing to do. We wanted to have collaborations. We thought we were too distant for their tastes, but within a week, we had In Flames in our studio for "Self Vs. Self."
What about your other collaborations on Immersion, like with Prodigy's Liam Howlett?
We have a collaboration with Prodigy, finally. It's been years in the making. We really did the song, "Immunize," because the media created a lot of fake animosity between us, like reporting that we hated each other. We are mates, we hang out and we all find it hilarious that the media would set it up like we hated each other. We decided to put all those comments to rest and how the unrest between us was a media creation.
How about "The Foundation," your song with Porcupine Tree singer/guitarist Steven Wilson?
We thought about who would we like to work with, and then we would try and get those people. We suggested Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree and he is an amazing producer, with what he has done with Opeth. We asked him, but we had no time, since we had to hand the album in [to the label] but he came in and did the vocals in one night. That was amazing.
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