After 28 years, the Daft Punk duo are hanging up their helmets.
Daft Punk announced their retirement on Monday by way of an eight-minute video called “Epilogue,” which according to Pitchfork was excerpted from Electroma, their 2006 film. In it, the “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” duo slowly walk into the desert in total silence before one of them blows up and the other walks into the distance, with “1993-2021” appearing on screen. In case that wasn’t definitive enough, Daft Punk’s publicist confirmed to Variety they have, indeed, split up after almost three decades.
Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo formed Daft Punk in 1993, releasing their most recent studio album, the Grammy-winning Random Access Memories, in 2013. Fans quickly flooded social media Monday to pay tribute and express sadness over the news — not to mention concern that, after Daft Punk’s unforgettable work on the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, Tron 3 just won’t be the same.