RS: I've heard Pendulum described as Prodigy for the new
Millennium. How do you respond to that kind of comment?
Gareth (of Pendulum): Well I can understand why people would say that because we've followed a very similar path to them. It's through no design of our own, it's just the way things happened. They came from a really sort of insular, closed-off genre of hardcore dance music and they just kind of grew out of it and started introducing more elements in to their music and changing it that way. They became popular outside of the genre they were born from and I think that's what we've done as well. So in those regards we are very similar, but other than that I mean Liam himself, we've got our sound and he's got his sound and we're completely different.
RS: You've also worked with Freestylers, how did you meet up with him?
Gareth (of Pendulum): That was through out old label boss, Dan Fresh from Bad Company. They really liked our tunes and they were keen to hook up with us, so we hooked up and did a tune swap with us for our album and we did a tune with them for their album.
RS: What was it like interfacing drum and bass with break beat together?
Gareth (of Pendulum): It was cool and we sort of stuck with it. We've got quite a few break beat tempo tunes on our new album and I think they work well together. Breakbeat to me sounded like it was born half out of the Miami bass scene and a little bit out of the house scene and half out of the drum and bass scene. Obviously they took their tempo from the slower kind of Miami base house arena, so I think they're really compatible, they've got a lot of similar elements.
RS: How is performing this music live affecting how you think the
next album will come out?
Gareth (of Pendulum): We try not to let the fact that we perform live affect the music as such because then we're going start thinking how are we going to play that live? In the last instance, we just ignored that and said we'll figure out how to play it live later. Let's just let the music be as complicated or as simple as it needs to be regardless of the fact we play live and we'll just deal with the playing live element later. Playing live won't affect it too much but now that we've sort of grown as a band and we've got more musicians involved and we've got a drummer and a guitarist - they're more permanent members. We're probably going to write a bit more together, which could be interesting. Both our drummer and guitarist played on In Silico and they just played what music was already written. So maybe next time we'll try and make it more of a band effort.
RS: I read that you performed with Linkin Park. How did you meet
up with them?
Gareth (of Pendulum): They asked us to be part of a Projekt Revolution gig that they were doing, which was a pleasure because it was a good cause. It was wicked. We're not massive fans of theirs obviously, but it was good to be involved in something that big and it was a good opportunity to get out and play to a big audience. Jay-Z and N*E*R*D, their performances were absolutely amazing. It's always good to meet those guys and we really respect what they do.
RS: Pendulum also did a cover of a Coldplay record for a charity
of some sort?
Gareth (of Pendulum): Yes. For those who don't know, Radio One in the UK invite band on to the radio station to play their new single live and so we agreed to do that. Then they ask the bands that they have on to do a cover of a song that's on current rotation on the radio station. We looked at the list and there were a lot of songs on there that were just a bit too obvious for us, they were like oh that's pretty obvious that Pendulum would pick that kind of tune to cover. So instead we thought let's just pick something completely out there, and I think the opportunity to turn Coldplay into metal, drum and bass was too tempting. They loved it apparently, and the processes go to charity.
RS: Now a little bit on the goofier side – since you started in
Australia we always have to ask - Dannii or Kylie, which one do you
Gareth (of Pendulum): Kylie is gorgeous and she's such a trooper as well, surviving her illness and getting back on the horse and getting out there. You go to love Kylie, she's the kind of woman you could take home.
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Gareth (of Pendulum): To our American fans, I think we've got something that they're really going to like. We thought maybe the American audience were going to be a bit more sort of laidback or something just because they hadn't heard of us before and weren't sure what to expect. But the Coachella audience was absolutely nuts and it was such a good feeling to get a response like that in the States. We're touring the States for five weeks. I can't wait because I love seeing America. I've toured there twice before as a DJ and that was really good, so with the band, it's going to be a really good experience So definitely come down and see us, I think we've definitely got something for everybody.
(Pendulum launch their first ever headlining US tour on October 1st in Boston. Check out the Listening Booth for a special "Tour of the America" megamix and concert footage.) Posted September 22, 2008