Who: Pendulum with innerpartysystem and DJ Fury
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
Sometimes you need a Wednesday show to roll through the rest of the week.
Tonight, Boulder and Denver are serving up two very cool concerts. Locals can check out electro rockers Pendulum in Denver, or have a dance party with Los Amigos Invisibles at the Fox.
Pendulum started its musical journey in Australia, but the Aussie band relocated to the UK to be part of the electronic/rock scene.
Now the band’s a hot commodity in the electro music world. Pendulum’s dividing its time between opening shows for Linkin Park and playing headlining gigs in the US.
Tonight, Pendulum hits the Ogden in Denver.
“We started out as DJs and producers,” producer/bassist Gareth McGrillen said. “We were well-known as DJs, but we put the live band together four years ago. We cut our first album and people said it sounded like a rock band.
“We’re influenced by rock and metal, so we decided to do it as an electronic band. No one did it right before. So we put the act together to do live shows.”
Pendulum’s already cranked out three records, and the band’s touring behind its 2010 release, Immersion.
“For that record, we’ve drawn on influences from heavy metal, house, trance and electronic music,” McGrillen said. “We’re already in a new writing cycle, and we’ve been listening to acts like DeadMau5 and Skrillex.
“There’s lots of dubstep, and this music is new and exciting. It’s very punky, raw and aggressive. We’re taking our extremes to the extreme.”
Pendulum likes to add visuals to its electro beats, so Colorado fans can expect an amazing light show at the Ogden.
“Everything we do can be played 100 percent live,” McGrillen confirmed. “What we create in the studio is what we play live.
“We put the same amount of effort into the visual side of our shows. We have all kinds of aspects of production — we even use pyrotechnics at the big shows. Our concert is a sensory overload!”
Pendulum is thrilled to headline shows, but the band’s also psyched to open for Linkin Park.
“We’ve been playing with them all over America. It’s a very major show,” McGrillen said. “It’s challenging, but it’s worth it.
“We get to play for 15,000 people. Hopefully, people will go away from the shows and check out Pendulum’s music.”
Los Amigos Invisibles
Tonight, the Fox hosts a double dance party with Los Amigos Invisibles and Trombone Shorty.
Los Amigos Invisibles started off in Venezuela, but the band’s become an international hit with its very danceable blend of funk, electronic and disco beats.
“We all grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, but we moved to New York in 2004,” guitarist Jean Luis Pardo said. “We throw funk, disco, electro, acid jazz, salsa and Latin rhythms into the mix.
“We got discovered by David Byrne from the Talking Heads, when he found one of our CDs at Tower Records. He signed us to his label. We’re not on it now, but we’re still in touch.”
These days, Los Amigos Invisibles takes its dance music all over the U.S., South America and Japan.
“For our live shows, we do a DJ set and have a live band set up,” Pardo said. “We don’t stop playing. We’re a party band, and we make people dance and have a good time.”