The Australian drum’n’bass titans have returned, for the first time since their number 1 UK 2010 album Immersion, with original music. The first track off their brand new double A-side single, titled Driver first premiered on Triple J Radio in Australia during their Breakfast show today (6pm – 9pm AEST), and featured an interview with Pendulum’s frontman, Rob Swire.
Originally previewed during Pendulum Trinity’s debut production show at SW4 2019 festival in London, Driver was a good sign of things to come from the band. With a ferocious bassline and hard-hitting drums, the song both harks back to their earlier Breakbeat Kaos sound, and also demonstrates once again Pendulum’s desire to push the boundaries within electronic music. Simply put, there’s nothing out there that sounds quite like it.
Following Driver’s release, Swire commented:
“We’ve been working on some new tracks for a while now and it’s great to finally get them out. We’d been playing exclusive previews of some of the new music at shows in Australia and New Zealand before lockdown, and we’ve been making tweaks along the way to make sure they’re right.”
After almost a year of wondering when the act would officially release the track, on September 3rd, fans were treated to a cryptic teaser on Pendulum’s Instagram page – a greyscale video of missiles and Easter eggs forming a circle. Over the week, the circle would fill in, ring by ring, with more signs and symbols, including Latin text. Three days ago, the final artwork, designed by Swire himself, was officially revealed. The caption to the image was simple: “‘NOTHING FOR FREE’ & ‘DRIVER’ 17.09.20”
Nothing For Free, the band’s second single, will be premiered tonight at 7pm BST during Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, and will be available on music streaming platforms shortly after. The official Pendulum Instagram AR filter, a 3D rendition of the cover art, features a clip of the song. The track, which has been teased and played by the act during DJ sets, features Swire’s vocals and adopts a slower tempo. Fans have waited with bated breath to hear not only new Pendulum music, but also Rob Swire’s return to vocals. Fans of electronic music will recognise his iconic voice from deadmau5’s hit song Ghosts ‘N’ Stuff , Eric Prydz’s Breathe, and Begin Again from Swire’s side project, Knife Party.
And if that wasn’t enough, the world premiere for the music video of Nothing For Free debuts tomorrow on Pendulum’s official YouTube channel – September 18th 12pm BST.
Listen to Pendulum’s brand new song, Driver, below!