Last year, Pendulum announced that the group would be taking time off so that its members could focus on different side projects. After an interview with triple j’s Linda Marigliano and Pendulum’s Rob Swire’s recent Twitter update, it looks like it’s more than just time off and Pendulum has called it quits.
Rob Swire with triple j’s Linda Marigliano:
“The Knife Party thing is going so well we don’t really feel like going back to junior school anytime soon,” Swire told Linda Marigliano. “I guess we’d been doing Pendulum for ten years and that’s a pretty long time to be doing anything I guess. We were still playing tracks like Blood Sugar that we made when we were 18 or 19. To still be doing that 10 years later, it just felt like time to do something else.”
“I don’t know if we’ve outgrown it because it just evolved into something else in the end. But it was time for something new and the music scene itself had changed. Rock bands are having a pretty hard time at the moment and we weren’t a rock band but with Pendulum we had the band format. We just decided that in 2012 it was time to put that down for a bit.”
“The Knife Party thing is going so well we don’t really feel like going back to junior school anytime soon. We’re having too much fun with this project. It’s also great because Pendulum towards the end sort of felt like we were doing it because we had to and that’s never a fun way to do music. Whereas Knife Party is pretty much solely us doing what we want to and if no one likes it we don’t care.”
Although we love Knife Party, this is a sad day for electronic music. Hopefully we’ll get to see a live reunion tour, maybe as holograms, in the near future.