Ear Storm/Atlantic Records has announced the upcoming release of “IN SILICO,” the North American debut album from Pendulum.   Already a sensation in the UK and the band’s native Australia, the album — highlighted by the single, “Propane Nightmares” — arrives on these shores on May 13th.

The Perth-based outfit has been hailed for its hard-edged amalgamation of drum ‘n’ bass beats, massive guitars, and powerhouse hooks.   American audiences will get their first sample of Pendulum’s brave new rock ‘n’ roll when the band makes its U.S. live debut at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 25th.   Additional North American concert dates will be announced shortly.

Pendulum’s new single, “Propane Nightmares,” will be available at all digital retailers beginning on April 14th.   The track’s companion video clip has been named a MySpace Featured Video Exclusive, and can be viewed at the band’s own page.   The clip is already featured as “Spanking New” across all MTV Networks in the UK.

A major UK tour is slated for May, with most dates already sold out.   Pendulum will then spend the summer rocking festivals all over the world, including DJ sets at a variety of dance-oriented gatherings and full-band extravaganzas at such internationally known festies as the UK’s annual Reading & Leeds 2008, Download, Bestival and more (check for complete tour information).

Since its formation in 2002, Pendulum has caused quite the stir in both the hard rock and dance music communities around the world.   The band’s 2005 debut, “HOLD YOUR COLOUR,” was an international breakout success, with UK sales alone in excess of 225,000.   Pendulum’s innovative sonic approach has earned the band comparisons to such visionary artists as Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, and Tool.

“Granite,” a featured track on “IN SILICO,” proved a true sensation upon its release as a single last November.   Fueled by major BBC Radio airplay, the track topped the UK’s Dance chart while also reaching the top 30 on the overall Singles tally.

Pendulum also earned a barrage of critical approbation.   “Pendulum are only expressing what lies at the heart of many a fan of harder dance music — a secret love, past or present, of heavy rock,” noted DJ Magazine, while the Sun praised the band as “the Prodigy for the Noughties.”   Q Magazine agreed, declaring, “There’s a strong whiff of vintage Prodigy about this bullish Aussie dance crew with a serious guitar fetish.”   No less an authority than the venerable Kerrang! summed it up:   “Pendulum have that intriguing cross-over appeal that will make them superstars.”

Pendulum is:   Rob Swire — vocals, synth, producer * Gareth McGrillen — bass guitar, producer, DJ * Perry ap Gwynedd — guitar * Paul ‘El Hornet’ Harding — DJ * Kodish — drums.

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