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19th of July 2018

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Pendulum review: Stoic performers refuse to be silenced

PendulumEnmore Theatre, July 3★★★

A lead singer not being able to speak might be an improvement for, say, U2, but for most bands it's a near-insurmountable obstacle.

Rob Swire was unable to sing in Sydney after suffering a vocal haemorrhage.

Rob Swire was unable to sing in Sydney after suffering a vocal haemorrhage.

Pendulum persevered, however, after Rob Swire suffered a vocal haemorrhage in the previous show in Perth. For the Enmore show they substituted album recordings of the vocals alongside their brutal brand of drum and bass.

The result was mixed: the vocals were flawless, even robotic, but for all the band's efforts they couldn't quite overcome the nagging feeling the focal point was missing.

Swire was still there, playing his Ztar (guitar-MIDI hybrid) up front or synths and various other instruments. Bassist and founding member Gareth McGrillen (over)compensated as hype man, imploring the crowd too many times to make some noise.

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