Who knew that two of the biggest influences from one of the largest drum and bass rock bands in the world would go on to become one of the largest electro-dubstep duos in the world? Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen did, and that’s why they are still releasing tracks to high acclaim as Knife Party.
McGrillen and Swire first met as members of UK metal band Xygen before hearing Konflict‘s “Messiah” at a club and vowing to enter the Drum and Bass scene. After recruiting veteran DJ Paul Harding, they created the drum and bass rock fusion band Pendulum in 2002 and enjoyed a rise to fame after their 2005 release Hold Your Colour. By 2007 they re-released the album with the massive drum and bass scene hit “Blood Sugar” and began work on their next album In Silico, which brought considerable mainstream success. They followed up with a third album in 2010, Immersion, which was also well received in the mainstream. By 2012 Rob took to his Twitter to announce a hiatus on touring with Pendulum and that they would have no forthcoming new material in the works. This was also around the time he announced Knife Party to be he and McGrillen’s main focus.
As Knife Party, the duo has seen considerable success on the EDM scene with their first EP 100% No Modern Talking, released in 2011 — departure from the drum and bass-influenced sound of Pendulum. They followed with a second EP in June of 2012 called Rage Valley with the huge hits ”Sleaze,” ”Centipede,” and ”Rage Valley,” and rocking genres from dubstep to moombahton to electro-house. They are continuing their stint in the spotlight touring worldwide and aren’t leaving anytime soon.