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Interview:
Pendulum Swings To U.S. For First-Ever Tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Australia's "Pendulum" is "trying to reserve expectations" about its first full-scale tour of North America.

"The only time we ever played there before was doing DJ sets," notes Rob Swire, who co-founded the drum-and-bass collective turned rock band in 2002 in Perth. "It's always been quite a small event, seeing as drum-and-bass has always had quite a limited audience over there.

"So with a live band, we're not sure what we're gonna find. We think it's going to be exciting."

After moving to England in late 2003, Pendulum had "some pretty big successes in the drum-and-bass thing over there," according to Swire, 25, including several remixes. A revamped version of The Prodigy's "Voodoo People" even opened this year's Super Bowl XLII telecast. But while Pendulum's 2006 debut album "Hold Your Colour" sold more than 100,000 copies, Swire and partners Gareth McGrilen and Paul "Elhornet" Harding knew they would be headed somewhere different on their newly released sophomore effort, "In Silico."

"We tried not to let the knowledge that we'd eventually be playing it live impact how the album sounded too much," Swire says. "But inevitably it did have a bit of an impact. I'm not sure if that's a positive or negative thing on the album, but for a life show that's definitely a positive thing."



Pendulum performs Sunday (Oct. 5) at the I-Rock Nightclub, 16350 Harper Road, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.



Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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