Rob Swire Doesn’t Want to do Another Pendulum Album

On the heels of the release of Knife Party’s massive debut album Abandon Ship, the guys haven’t missed a beat. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have had a steady touring schedule since the full-length dropped, but they still found some time to partake in a Reddit AMA. Although both producers participated in the AMA, it seems like Swire did most of the talking and when asked about the status of Pendulum‘s upcoming album, he had quite the interesting response.

In a series of tweets in August that he has since deleted, Swire confirmed that Pendulum would be releasing an album “sometime next year.” However, in his Reddit AMA when asked about the Pendulum album, he gave a very detailed, yet unfortunate answer if you are a Pendulum fanatic. It seems he is much more invested in the Knife Party project at this stage in his career, which will certainly please a portion of his fan base. Summarized, his response says that Pendulum has not begun working on material for the album, and he is uninspired to do so. Nevertheless, Pendulum is contracted to make one more album, so there is a glimmer of hope. Swire said it himself that he does not want to work on a new Pendulum project, and that’s never a recipe for successful music. You can see his entire response below, and read the entire AMA here.

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.