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Gareth McGrillen, El Hornet, and Rob Swire are officially back in the studio for the first time in ten years.
Pendulum have been teasing their return for some time. However, it all became real in January when the band’s co-founder and frontman, Rob Swire, took to Instagram to share a short demo clip. Then, just this week, the Australian drum and bass trio came forth with more information about the nature of their return—a two-track EP. Today, September 17, Pendulum’s decade-long hiatus comes to an end with a pair of heavy-hitting new songs, “Driver” and “Nothing for Free.”
Kicking off the EP as a driving drum-n-bass track, “Driver” is reminiscent of the early Pendulum sound that captured fans of Gareth McGrillen, El Hornet, and Rob Swire. Featuring heavy rhythms, gritty synths, and dubstep-laden measures, the first track is a full front attack on the eardrums. “Nothing for Free” comes in as a less jaunty offering, featuring clean sound design, booming sub-bass, heavy guitar riffs, and vocal that hits right into the soul. The single’s music video is scheduled to debut tomorrow, September 18.
The group was booked to headline some big festivals this summer, but fans are surely holding out hope for the trio’s huge live shows when they return to the main stage.