The mighty Pendulum – one of the world’s most popular drum & bass acts of all time – have announced the release of their stunning new album, ‘The Reworks’; a dynamic and vivid interpretation of the band’s greatest hits, dropping on Friday 29th August, via their own label, Earstorm.
“The album is a mix and match of recording on real instruments and synthesising them,” says Pendulum’s iconic front-man, Rob Swire, with the band currently partaking in their first live Australian tour in eight years, bringing their show to venues in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney.
A project unlike any other before, ‘The Reworks’ marks the end of Pendulum’s 7 year hiatus; and follows the band’s blistering sell-out at iconic venue, Printworks, in April of this year.
When word of The Reworks album got out, American superstar Skrillex was at the front of the queue, having long had his eye on remixing ‘The Island Part I’. To Rob’s delight, Canadian hard rocker Devon Townsend nabbed Crush. “Devon is an idol to me and [band mate] Gareth (McGrillen),” he says.
“Production-wise, songwriting-wise, everything. When we were writing the first Pendulum album, we were obsessed with him. We’d listen to his music and wonder how anyone could make something so brutal. The level of aggression he captures is psychotic.”
The remix album features 13 colossal Pendulum songs, from early singles ‘Tarantula’ and ‘Streamline’ to In Silico’s ‘Granite’ and huge Top 10 hit ‘Propane Nightmares’ to Immersion’s ‘Witchcraft’ and ‘Watercolour’. A handful were suggested – Moby tackles ‘Vault’, Dutch DJ Eelke Kleijn turned in a monstrous ‘9000 Miles’ that took even Rob aback. Icarus’ ‘Tarantula’ remix is another of Rob’s favourites – he had tweeted about the Bristol-based brothers’ song ‘No Sleep’, hence their invitation to contribute. Pegboard Nerds, a Danish/Norwegian duo with whom Rob is friends, wanted ‘Witchcraft’. American producer Grabbitz won the scrum for ‘Propane Nightmares’.
“No one was given guidelines – that’s not what I wanted,” says Rob. “I was happy for people to tear the songs apart. That’s what I would do. There’s also a remix of a remix in there.”
‘The Reworks’ album is available below: