During their first Reddit AmA (Ask Me Anything), Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen from Knife Party and (partially) Pendulum answered a lot of fan questions, dropping a bomb on the upcoming Pendulum album.
\”So… how\’s the new Pendulum album going?\”
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.
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.
Other interesting/fun answers to questions:
Which track from Abandon Ship are you guys most proud of?
Probably 404, because the mix turned out well and we finally found a way to make Windows errors profitable.
Will you ever do a coffee run with deadmau5?
We had this great idea, where we\’d pay some actors to hijack the car at gunpoint and lead Joel away, blindfolded, on our own coffee run of darkness and despair
But now that\’s in the open, we will never be invited
Can you give us a status on the track \”Baghdad\” with Hardwell?
hardwell has all the parts