It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time it’s for Sonisphere! All of our Sonisphere Festival 2010 coverage from the weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need need. That means individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and maybe even some reviews), all the dodgy rumours and salacious gossip we overhear, and every lewd photo of fit girls frolicking about at Knebworth we can rustle up will be here.
Zane Lowe and Pendulum are playing DJ sets for a fantastic cause on 17 June 2009. The central London venue for the forthcoming Crisis Hidden Gig will remain a secret until 24 hours before the event but you can win a pair of tickets to this awesome exclusive show right here.
It’s almost time for Download Festival 2009. It’s only two weeks away, in fact and we’re getting rather excited. Soon it’ll be time to start looking at that schedule and figuring out what bands you want to see and which ones annoyingly clash.
We already know that Faith No More, Motley Crue and Meshuggah clash, but with FNM making what will surely be a triumphant return, there’s only going to be one winner of that contest.
It’s been a great year for crossover rock/dance combo Pendulum. Having hit the charts and all the festivals with their latest album, Gillian Leschasin talks to Gareth McGrillen about life in one of the success stories of 2008.
If you’re heading to Halton, Reading, or Leeds next weekend then chances are you’re going to come across Pendulum. The Australian drum and bass gang is invading festivals across Europe this summer with their heavy basslines and menacing guitars that have won dance and rock crowds over.
To find them, just look for a massive crowd pulsing to the rhythm of their down and dirty sound where you’ll see this six-piece group is no longer just regulated to the underground drum’n’bass scene.
Following the success of putting out a new album In Silico in May 2008, and zipping around from festival to festival, Pendulum’s bass guitarist/DJ Gareth McGrillen took the time to answer a few questions for Thrash Hits .com.
It seems like you’re playing at every festival this summer, from Bestival to Reading to Creamfields. Why are you playing in so many festivals that attract completely different crowds?
I guess it’s because our music is able to appeal to different crowds. I think at the end of the day an audience at a festival wants to jump around and have fun. And our music does that. It makes people jump around – if they didn’t they’d go to a folk festival.
Watch the video to ‘Granite’ by Pendulum
Which venue would you rather play – a superclub, a small dingy bar or an alternative music festival? Why?
They can all be great but I think the one for us at the moment is festivals. They’re great because coming from the underdog angle that we are we get to show what we’re made of to audiences who have not yet heard of us or are not there to see us. When we can turn a festival upside-down you really feel like you’ve won fans
What’s the meaning behind the title of your latest album, In Silico?
The album has no particular meaning; it’s just another piece of the puzzle. But In Silico the title itself is a play on words from the Nirvana album In Utero. In Silico is Latin for ‘born artificially’. And that holds meaning for the album as almost all of the album was recorded with real instruments and played by real people, but at the core it’s essentially synthetic, torn to bits cut up and rearranged in a computer.
Looking back at your debut album Hold Your Colour, it was pretty straightforward drum and bass. What would you say are some of the main differences between that album and In Silico? What genre would you classify your latest album under?
What I think we wanted to achieve with this album – genre and classification wise – was to declassify it completely. I’m not the one to say whether we’ve done that or not, but it’s interesting to see bands we aspire to like The Prodigy or Chemical Brothers, all whom came out of very specific genres all reached a certain level where their music was just simply electronic music and not defined by any particular genre.
Watch the video to ‘Propane Nightmares’ by Pendulum
What made you decide to include more vocals on your latest album?
We’ve always included vocals and particularly Rob’s vocals since we were young. It’s nothing new, it’s just more dominant now in the same way guitars are more dominant now. It wasn’t any vain attempt to make the music more accessible simply because there are now vocals in it. The music has naturally progressed to this point and having vocals dominate the tunes made the tunes complete.
It seems like you’re a group that’s up for changing its sound, what kind of sound can we expect to hear from you in the future?
At this point our sound could go either way, it could go more electronic or it could go more rock, at the core its always going to be electronic.
On a more personal note, you’ve decided to base yourselves in the UK. What do you miss most about Australia?
The UK at the time of our relocation was the home of drum and bass, but has also proved to be the home of music in general and seems to be the place to be. [There is] great access to America and Europe. We can get any piece of studio equipment we don’t own night or day. Where else in the world can you do that? Australia definitely is paradise but at the moment the only thing I really miss is family. I used to say the food but I’ve since been back to Oz and now Australian food tastes odd and UK food tastes normal.
The fifth Projekt Revolution tour saw Jay-Z joining Linkin Park live onstage for one night only. Danny Montana was in Milton Keynes to witness some stadium-sized extravagance.
Linkin Park are the biggest-selling band of this century. That is a fact. No other artist has sold more records than the Californian nu-metal band. This is why, just like other superstars like Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and Slayer, they’re able to host their own global tour.
New Pennsylvanian electronic rock act InnerPartySystem impressed early on while dour New York alt.rockers The Bravery are barely worth mentioning. St Albans hardcore/trance fusion experts Enter Shikari however, were the first act to really let rip and whip the crowd up properly.
Watch the video to ‘Sorry You’re Not A Winner’ by Enter Shikari
Pioneering funksters N*E*R*D were as droll and sexy as ever with their socially-charged lyrics and experimental tunes while plugged-in Aussie drum ‘n’ bass mainstreamers Pendulum ploughed out all the hits from their recent breakthrough album, In Silico.
The day after being the first hip hop artist to headline Glastonbury Festival, Jay-Z wowed the crowds with a stellar solo set which sampled AC/DC and The Prodigy amongst others.
With the massive screen behind him used to maximum effect, Shawn Corey Carter proved once again that he can do it all on his own. Jay-Z doesn’t need anyone’s help.
Watch the video to ‘One Step Closer’ by Linkin Park
It’s time for Linkin Park take to the throne. Projekt Revolution is their baby. As early as 2002 they felt they were established enough to form a money-spinning, high profile arena tour across the US. In 2008, they had enough worldwide status to bring the tour to Europe. This baby’s not just eating solids now – it’s devouring them.
Jumping straight in with ‘One Step Closer’ was a bold move but they knew that they had more than enough material to fill their 90-minute headline slot, and they did.
Chester Bennington was on firey form while Mike Shinoda did his best to continue the hip hop-based shenanigans. However, he did look far more comfortable when reciting more familiar lyrics or when sitting behind his piano.
Watch the video to ‘Numb/Encore’ by Linkin Park and Jay-Z
The appearance of Jay-Z during ‘Numb/Encore’ and ‘Jigga What/Faint’ was a wonderful showcase of how their Collision Course project works outside of the studio and gave a real sense of occasion to a fast-emptying MK Bowl.
It’s a safe bet that after the success of an expanded Projekt Revolution, we’re going to see them again.
Linkin Park @ Milton Keynes National Bowl setlist
‘One Step Closer’
‘Lying From You’
‘Somewhere I Belong’
‘No More Sorrow’
‘Points Of Authority’
‘From The Inside’
‘Leave Out All The Rest’
‘The Little Things Give You Away’
‘Breaking The Habit’
‘Shadow of The Day’
‘In The End’
‘Pushing Me Away’
‘What I’ve Done’
‘Numb/Encore’ (w/ Jay-Z)
‘Jigga What/Faint’ (w/ Jay-Z)
‘Bleed It Out’