Pendulum, Wembley Arena
Wednesday 02 June 2010
The ambitious Australian quintet Pendulum have their sights set on becoming the biggest electronic act in the world. It must have been a blow to the kudos then when Neil Diamond beat the dance-rockers' second drum'n'bass-meets-metal album, In Silico, to the No 1 slot in 2008.
Now at Wembley, five days after the release of Immersion, Pendulum are flanked by a mammoth 20 subs each side. They've got the big guns out and no wonder. This time, they're facing an all-powerful nemesis that makes Diamond look like a tame squirrel – the Glee album.
Pendulum's live show sports some of the most sophisticated, computerised music technology in the world and the lads waste no time in showcasing it with the new track "Salt in the Wounds". It drops, and signature breakbeats, hyperactive robotic synths and pounding bass thump up the legs of the few who stand still long enough to feel it.
MC Verse mutters something about getting everyone dancing, but they're already swelling into the circle pits that belong at Download Festival, where Pendulum's set triumphed two years ago. They've been hailed as successors to The Prodigy since In Silico (tonight they pay homage with a "Voodoo People" remix), but newer fans still mosh to the infamous early drum'n'bass beats of "Fasten Your Seatbelt" and "Slam". And dancing or throwing punches, everyone's grinning.
The crowd makes the best of it, but the sound is too polished, almost clinical, to live up to the tracks' notoriously raucous potential on a packed dance floor.
And as for the Prodigy moniker? You wouldn't catch Keith or Maxim jabbering excuses about "loads of computers with loads of data" if their laptops went wrong. The cool cloaks are off and the geeks are exposed.
Despite being outshone by old-school, reggae-infused "Tarantula", audience reaction is still immense when Rob Swire cracks into the pop vocals of "Watercolour". Glee is in some serious trouble.
tv Review: Miranda Hart and co deliver the festive goods
tvReview: Older generation get hot under the collar this Christmas
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 3 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 4 AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing: Search for plane carrying 162 passengers from Indonesia to Singapore suspended overnight
- 5 Game of Thrones is most-pirated TV show of 2014
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually
The golden age of TV comedy is here
The Boy in the Dress, TV review: David Walliams' Boxing Day treat is a celebration of being different
From Marvel to Star Wars: The rise of cinema’s shared universes
Exodus: Gods and Kings banned in the UAE for 'religious mistakes'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk