Exclusive: Thom on new Radiohead album
TEN SONGS COMPLETED AND SO FAR IT’S “EXACT OPPOSITE” OF THE LAST TWO ALBUMS
Radiohead’s next album will be the “exact opposite” of ‘Amnesiac’ and ‘Kid A’, Thom Yorke has exclusively told NME. At their recent recording session in LA, the band completed ten songs.
“We’ve done ten tracks that worked,” Yorke told NME. “All we’ve done so far is stuff that sort of seemed to work at the time. We basically wanted to capture the whole performance thing, really; catching a particular moment. Because ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ were quite heavily thought through, we’re trying to do the exact opposite of that.”
As revealed in NME last week, Radiohead spent two weeks at Ocean Way studios in Los Angeles with producer Nigel Godrich, where they began to work on their sixth studio album
However, the singer put paid to rumours that this meant a return to the guitar sound made famous on earlier albums like ‘The Bends’ and ‘OK Computer’.
When asked if the new record would be a guitar album he said: “Not really, no. That’s the thing that would be a mistake to think; it’s just sort of capturing that energy.”
Of the new songs, Radiohead recorded a “good version” of new song “We Suck Young Blood”. However, Yorke said that, if anything, they suffer from having too many ideas in the studio.
“Again, it’s the same thing with us that the tone of the album’s only ever dictated by what you’re listening to, and each song’s different from the others. We’re trying lots of different angles at once, as usual,” he said.
Radiohead have now returned to the UK for more recording sessions with Godrich, with a view to releasing the currently untitled album early next year. Yorke said that if they don’t hit that release date, he’ll “go mad”. He joked: “Another two years doing a fucking record? We’ll go crazy!”
However, Yorke goes back out to the US later this month to play a rare solo at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre (October 26-27).