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Pendulum pushes itself into North America

of the Oakland Press

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Pendulum has won worldwide acclaim for its mix of electronic and rock music over the course of three albums, but North America hasn’t had much of a chance to see the group since its formation nine years ago in Perth, Australia. It’s something the band hopes to correct with its latest release, “Immersion,” and a run that mixes opening shows for Linkin Park with its own concerts.

“We tend to cover a lot of similar territory — the U.K. and Europe and Australia,” says frontman and co-producer Rob Swire. “The U.S. sort of gets left out over time, perhaps. It’s expensive to tour over there. But doing the Linkin Park thing is one of the best chances we’ve ever had.”

The now London-based Swire, 27, says Pendulum plans to use its half-hour sets to “cram as much of the full experience as we can ... and hopefully blow people away.” And, he also hopes, to get Linkin Park fans interested enough to come see Pendulum on its own, and to that end the group is leaving some time open in its schedule later this year if the his band is successful in stirring up more interest on these shores.

“I think the U.S. is a very hard place for any overseas band to tour,” explains Swire, adding that “Immersion” guests such as Porcupine Tree’s Steve Wilson, The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett and the Swedish metal band In Flames should also pique interest from new fans.

“When you take into account that we’re an electronic band ... There aren’t that many that have ever done it (successfully) in the States. You have Daft Punk, The Prodigy, nine inch nails and Linkin Park that I can think of, not many more. So I think we’ve got a pretty good opportunity here, and hopefully we’ll make the most of it and be able to get back soon.”

Pendulum performs with Linkin Park and Does It Offend You, Yeah? at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $69.50 and $35. Call 313-471-6606 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

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