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Knife Party Members Don't Want To Do A New Pendulum Album, Entertaining A New Project Instead

Pendulum fans have been excited for new material since the announcement made through Rob Swire's Twitter last August.

It has been 5 long years since the last Pendulum release, although band members Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen just released their debut Knife Party album "Abandon Ship". Since they refuse to do any promotion for the album, to infuriate their managers (their words not ours), they did a Reddit AMA where fans took the opportunity to ask about Pendulum updates.

Fans will be pleased to hear that there is a focus on Pendulum, but they may be disenchanted by the new direction. When user empw asked about Pendulum, they gave him a “Keep-management-and-fans-happy answer” and a “Honest Answer”, which you can see in full below.

Despite having not created any new material, the duo mentioned they have unreleased tracks from the last two albums that they plan to rework. The honest answer came across as much more blunt:

“I have no real desire to make drum'n'bass anymore, I have no desire to fuse it with rock, and I sure as fuck don't have any desire to tour with a live band...We [once] played just before Beyonce to a crowd full of parents and their kids waiting to sing "Crazy in Love", staring at us with blank faces...I just thought "how the fuck did it turn into this? this isn't the kind of project I wanted to be involved in at all".

By the end of the post it seems like the project was being forced upon them by saying “We're contracted for another album. I have no idea what's going to happen. I don't really want to do one - I'd prefer to work on something else with KP or perhaps a new project altogether. If I have to do it, then I will, but that's never a great place to start making music”.

 This will come to a huge disappoint for people looking forward to a live band tour from the drum & bass innovators. Fans can at least bare in mind that there is a greater chance for older elements of Pendulum to turn up in the album, thanks to their previously unreleased work.

Read the full statement below, and let us know in the comments: Are you excited to hear the new direction of Pendulum or is the departure from drum & bass a let down? 

Q: “So… How’s the new Pedulum album going”?

A: “Keep-management-and-fans-happy answer:

It's not going at all (yet). We have a bunch of unreleased material from the last two albums that we still love, and would like to finish / re-work into something new, but we're not actively working on it just yet.

Honest answer:

It's been nearly 5 years since the last Pendulum album - even if we do release new material, it will most likely sound completely different, just because...well, people change, and get bored of things, etc. I have no real desire to make drum'n'bass anymore, I have no desire to fuse it with rock, and I sure as fuck don't have any desire to tour with a live band.

Around about the time we started Knife Party, I really lost my heart for the project. I remember playing Glastonbury 2011 on the main stage - we played just before Beyonce to a crowd full of parents and their kids waiting to sing "Crazy in Love", staring at us with blank faces. I was watching the TV coverage of the show afterwards and I just thought "how the fuck did it turn into this? this isn't the kind of project I wanted to be involved in at all". It wasn't even the crowd response, I just didn't like anything about it.

On top of that, we weren't making any money since we were spending it all on crew members wages, freight costs, transport, production assistants etc (touring with a band is REALLY expensive). Now, we were never into it for the money, but as you start getting closer to 30, you start to think "oh yeah, I have to...be able to eat food n stuff" - and if your heart isn't in the project, well, there's not much point in continuing.

We're contracted for another album. I have no idea what's going to happen. I don't really want to do one - I'd prefer to work on something else with KP or perhaps a new project altogether. If I have to do it, then I will, but that's never a great place to start making music.

TL;DR - maybe. Dunno”. – Knife Party.

 

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