The news was announced by the band’s erstwhile lead figure Rob Swire on Australian radio station Triple J and backed up by numerous tweets this morning. Naturally the response and predictable backlash today has been immense… But Rob has battered off the banter with exemplary behaviour.
Amidst the supportive comments from genuine fans are the crudest trolls you’ll read this week, and Rob has dealt with each one with the contempt and sarcasm they deserve. If you’re not following him on Twitter, do so now and get up to date… The comments, and his razor-sharp returns are far too crude for the likes of this blog.
Commenting that his current successes with Knife Party have become much more personally satisfying than the last few years of Pendulum, Rob even highlights a particular Ibiza set by electro headliner Laidback Luke that inspired him to make their 2010 single The Island… And start to tinker with the sounds that eventually became Knife Party.
While we’re sad to hear there’ll be no more live shows, their roof-raising brand lives on as El Hornet will continue to DJ under the Pendulum name. 10 years is a mighty time to sizzle under the spotlight and they’ve contributed hugely to our scene, the D&B sound and its ability to influence both the underground and the mainstream. We wish the whole band the best of luck and will be keeping tabs on Knife Party’s firebrand fusion for a long time to come.
As a salute to Pendulum here’s a classic set from Global Gathering 2004 on D&BTV. Enjoy.