Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Pendulum – Watercolour

It ain’t pretty…


Ian Mathers: Pendulum describe themselves as a “drum and bass/rock” band. “Staind with a vocoder jamming with 65daysofstatic if they ever decided to be epically shit” would be closer to the mark.

Martin Skidmore: An unusual sound: indie electronica-rock with drum & bass beats. Not a combination I’ve heard before. The beats have plenty of energy and life, but the vocals are nowhere near up to the job — the music demands sharpness and power, but the singing is a whiney drone. Nonetheless, I am impressed with everything else.

Iain Mew: My initial reaction to the first verse of this was “oh great, Nickelback with beats”. Not completely off target, but once they build up momentum they achieve a thrilling, frenetic sense of abandon that’s enough to forgive a surprising amount of growled nonsense.

Alfred Soto: Kudos on the segue from Nickelback-esque macho bluster to Cut Copy electrobeat, but all they deserve credit for is reminding us of the bloodline linking arena techno and male angst. No, I don’t know what they mean by “feeding the fire” either.

Matt Cibula: Skinny, sober, and slavishly devoted to Roni Size beats is no way to go through life, son.

Edward Okulicz: I’m imagining Daughtry, if they had Linkin Park’s producer and had never heard any drum’n’bass but really wanted to commission some, and then went in a time machine back to 1996 to make the whole nightmare come true. The synth fanfare is pretty sweet, but apart from that, it’s pretty much half over-earnest, half just plain inept.

Michaelangelo Matos: “Gouache” means “a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a gluelike substance.” “Gauche” means “awkward, gawky, inelegant.” Both more or less apply here.

4 Responses to “Pendulum – Watercolour”

  1. car-racing-video-game-intro-rock!!

  2. Yeah, this is why I turned off the in-game music in Forza 3, so I can drive around to Dam-Funk.

  3. Nate, we gotta race. What you on, 360 or PS3?

    If any of my Jukebox cohorts want to game, lemme know!

  4. The karaoke version of this might be pretty neat.