This morning on Triple J lead member Rob Swire of drum and bass band Pendulum revealed they will no longer be producing or playing live shows under the moniker and will instead be focusing on the new project Knife Party.
“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.”
Speaking rather candidly Swire renounced the original format of the band and referenced it as ‘junior school’ in comparison to the success of the new electro-step sound.
“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.”
One half of us is sad to see a project like Pendulum bite the dust but another is satisfied that they’re willing to completely cut the ties and not pursue the act just-because.