After Decade-Long Musical Hiatus, Pendulum Swings Back with New Music


Fans of Australian drum ‘n’ bass outfit Pendulum can finally rejoice. The hard-hitting, metal-influenced trio will release two new tracks — “Nothing For Free” and “Driver” — on September 17.

“We’ve been working on some new tracks for a while now and it’s great to finally get them out,” said Rob Swire in a statement. “We’d been playing exclusive previews of some of the new music at shows in Australia and New Zealand before lockdown, and we’ve been making tweaks along the way to make sure they’re right.”

After releasing 2010’s chart-topping third album, Immersion, the band — Swire (Anscenic), Gareth McGrillen (Speed) and Paul Harding (El Hornet) — split up in 2012. The breakup was announced on Twitter by Swire.

After Pendulum’s demise, Swire and McGrillen continued making music for their wildly successful Knife Party project.

Here’s what Swire said at the time about the decision to focus on Knife Party: “We’re having too much fun with this project. It’s also great because Pendulum towards the end sort of felt like we were doing it because we had to and that’s never a fun way to do music. Whereas Knife Party is pretty much solely us doing what we want to and if no one likes it we don’t care.”

Now that Pendulum is back in business, live shows will obviously remain on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Swire is excited about the threesome’s new Trinity production.

“Trinity just seemed like the perfect touring model for us right now,” he said. “It gives us the freedom to test out our new music on the road like we did in the early days, whilst still being able to headline the biggest events and bring a huge, bespoke new show to our audiences.”

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Ian Fleming

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