Referring back on a statement Drum and Bass phenomenon, Pendulum, made to fans at last year’s V Festival in the UK, they clarified that they will be on a hiatus. The Perth-born and London-bred Electronica Drum and Bass group has unfortunately proclaimed that they are throwing in the towel and calling it quits. Since 2002 Pendulum has delivered some of the hottest and well-known Drum and Bass tracks the US has ever been introduced to. The group’s mission has always been to pull ideas and influences form various styles of music to create a new sound that they felt was missing from dance music. Tracks like “The Island” and “Salt in the Wounds”, both individually unique recordings, have impacted the way we interpret Drum and Bass and Electronica music today.
In a recent interview with triple j, Rob Swire, vocalist and producer of the group, claimed that recording as Pendulum stopping being fun. “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.”
Although this is all extremely devastating news, there is a light at the end of this tunnel! Pendulum’s Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have renamed themselves, Knife Party, as of their debut performance at Space, Ibiza on the 5 of August 2011. The electro house/dubstep duo has been on tour while still performing with Pendulum. “The Knife Party thing is going so well we don’t really feel like going back to junior school anytime soon”, Swire told triple j’s Linda Marigliano.
Knife Party has been around for less than a year and has already picked up on a notable amount of EDM listeners. Their electro-driven house music with a slight hint of grimy dubstep has become a worldwide sensation. “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.”
So we have been presented with some mixed feedback from Pendulum. Swire has confirmed there will be no new Pendulum touring dates in the foreseeable future and no upcoming album, but instead we get something new and fresh that will make us fall in love with Swire and McGrillen all over again!