Ear Storm/Atlantic Records recording group Pendulum has unveiled details of their eagerly awaited “Tour of the Americas.” The North American leg of the bi-continental trek will kick off on October 1st at Boston’s Middle East (see attached itinerary). The tour, the band’s first ever on American shores, will conclude with a CMJ Music Marathon showcase at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on October 26th.
Already a sensation in the UK and the band’s native Australia, Pendulum’s North American debut album, “IN SILICO,” is quickly causing a commotion here in the U.S. The Perth-based outfit has been winning fervent fans everywhere for their hard-edged amalgamation of big beats, massive guitars, and powerhouse hooks, resulting in the album’s #2 chart debut in the UK upon its release earlier this year and subsequent gold certification after only four weeks.
“Propane Nightmares,” the dynamic first single from “IN SILICO,” will ship to College/Specialty radio later this month, and then hit multi-format commercial rock outlets in September. Influential DJ/music director Aaron Axelson has been supporting “Propane Nightmares” on Soundcheck, his weekly radio show which airs on tastemaker station Live 105 (KITS-FM) in San Francisco – he raves, “…the song generates a SICK reaction with every spin.” The track is already a proven smash in the UK, where it reached the Top 10 on the singles chart and was one of Radio 1’s most played songs of the year. “Propane Nightmares” is currently nominated for “Best Single” at the venerable Kerrang! Awards.
The companion video clip to “Propane Nightmares” topped the MTV Europe charts and was recently a MySpace Featured Video Exclusive in the U.S. The video can be currently viewed at the band’s own You Tube channel, http://www.youtube.com/pendulum.
What’s more, the “IN SILICO” track, “Mutiny,” is now featured in Verizon Wireless’ national television ad campaign to promote their LG Dare phone.
Recently, Pendulum made British headlines with their cover of Coldplay’s “Violet Hill” on Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The show itself dubbed it, “the best Live Lounge to date” and the track immediately earned itself a slot on the channel’s A-List alongside “Other Side,” the band’s current UK single.
American audiences received their first sample of Pendulum’s brave new rock ‘n’ roll-inspired sound when the band made a triumphant U.S. live debut at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this past April. Having recently completed their second sold out UK tour, Pendulum is spending the summer blowing it up at a nearly every major international music festival, including the UK’s legendary Reading & Leeds Festival, coming up on August 22nd (Leeds) and 24th (Reading).
Since its formation in 2002, Pendulum has caused quite the stir in both the hard rock and dance music communities around the world. The band’s 2005 debut, “HOLD YOUR COLOUR,” was an international breakout success, with sales in excess of 225,000 in the UK alone, where it still sits in the Top 40 album chart today. Pendulum’s innovative sonic approach has earned the band comparisons to such visionary artists as Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, and Tool.
“Granite,” a featured track on “IN SILICO,” proved a phenomenon upon its release as a single last November. Fueled by major BBC Radio airplay, the track topped the UK’s Dance chart while also reaching the top 30 on the overall Singles tally.
Pendulum also earned a barrage of critical approbation. “Pendulum’s transonic assault is explosive,” enthused DJ. “It’s a cosmic symphonic rock beast that’ll fill stadiums. Watch them soar.” The Sun praised the band as “the Prodigy for the Noughties,” and Q Magazine agreed, declaring, “There’s a strong whiff of vintage Prodigy about this bullish Aussie dance crew with a serious guitar fetish.” No less an authority than the venerable Kerrang! summed it up: “Pendulum have that intriguing cross-over appeal that will make them superstars.”
Pendulum is: Rob Swire – vocals, synth, producer * Gareth McGrillen – bass guitar, producer, DJ * Perry ap Gwynedd – guitar * Paul ‘El Hornet’ Harding – DJ * Kodish – drums * Ben Verse – MC.
For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit Pendulum’s official site, http://www.pendulum.com or http://www.myspace.com/officialpendulum.
“TOUR OF THE AMERICAS” – FALL 2008
27 Sao Paolo, BR Skolbeats Festival
1 Boston, MA Middle East
3 Chicago, IL House of Blues
4 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
5 Detroit, MI I Rock
7 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
9 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
11 Salt Lake City, UT Murray Theatre
13 Los Angeles, CA The Mayan
14 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
18 Mexico City, MEX Motorkr Festival
19 Guadalajara, MEX Motorkr Festival
22 Atlanta, GA The Loft
24 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
25 New York, NY Webster Hall
26 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom