Well, this is a bummer for a Monday. After 28 years together, Daft Punk have called it a day. And they made the announcement in an appropriately strange way.
Instead of a boring press release, they posted an eight-minute clip they call “Epilogue” from their 2006 film, Electroma. Two robots–representing Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, obviously–walk into the desert. One gets blown up. Then we see two robot hands with the timestamp “1993-2021.”
Reps for the band have confirmed the breakup, but no reason was given.
What does this mean? Daft Punk has always been mysterious. We have questions:
- Could it be that they will reconstitute in a different form?
- Are solo projects by one or both members in the offing?
- Is one member unable/unwilling to continue the partnership?
- Why does only one member blow up in the video?
- Why is that explosion triggered by the other member?
- Why use a clip that’s 15 years old? Was this always the plan?
- Why now?
- Since we don’t know what the members look like, why not just hand things over to a new generation? Who would be the wiser?