During Knife Party's recent AMA (Ask Me Anything), the reddit user empw asked Knife Party “how's the new Pendulum album going?”
Knife Party first wrote a “keep-management-and-fans-happy” answer which said that 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,” said Knife Party.
Knife Party then wrote the real honest answer though which will upset some of their true fans.
“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.
“I have no real desire to make drum'n'bass anymore”
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.”