Knife Party leave Pendulum behind?

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UPDATE: Rob Swire’s Twitter feed makes it clear Pendulum fans shouldn’t hold their breath. “There will be no further Pendulum live shows,” he wrote. “There are no current plans for a new album in 2013.” However, El Hornet will continue to DJ under the Pendulum name.

In a recent interview with triple j’s Linda Marigliano, Rob Swire (one half of ‘seizure music’ specialists Knife Party with Gareth McGrillen) seemed to suggest that they won’t be revisiting their former band Pendulum any time soon, speaking about it in the past tense. While Pendulum was said to be taking a year off, Swire’s comments suggest it’ll likely be longer than that.

“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. “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.”

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