RADIOHEAD HIT THE ROAD
At last, Thom Yorke and co's first gigs in two years
This week Radiohead preview brand new songs on their first tour since 2004.
“It’s about two years since we did our last gig at Coachella,” Thom Yorke told NME. “Part of the reason we’re going out on tour is to shake our heads out, get out of the studio and shake the dust off. You can only spend so long in the studio.”
If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to the dates, which sold out within minutes of going on sale, here’s how to survive the tour. The band begin in Copenhagen on Saturday (May 6), and arrive in the UK on Friday (12) with shows in Blackpool, then Wolverhampton and London.
WATCH OUT FOR THE NEW SONGS
Radiohead have at least an album’s worth of new songs, some of which are so new they haven’t even got titles yet. But watch out for the epic ‘Nude’ – a track that’s been around since the days of ‘OK Computer’ but which has never been recorded until now. It features the chorus, “Don’t get any big ideas/they’re not going to happen”, and is likely to be played in the encore. There’s also ‘House Of Cards’, ‘Down Is The New Up’, ‘Videotape’ and ‘15 Step’. Nobody has heard ‘15 Step’ yet, but it’s affirm favourite with the band – they went as far as to tell NME it makes them “foam at the mouth” when they work on it in the studio.
GET THERE EARLY TO SEE THE SUPPORT
Support will come from singer/songwriter Willy Mason, who says: “The tour is coming just in time to remind me of the survival methods their music taught me.” Later on this summer the band will be playing with Beck.
WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM
Having done only one interview in two years, it’s a closely guarded secret as to what the new album will sound like. Here’s what Thom told us: “I always wanted to be in a situation like Tom Waits was when he stopped for along time and came out and did ‘Swordfishtrombones’ and ‘Raindogs’, He started again and was doing al lot of that from his own studio in his own time, at his own pace and it seemed to be a world apart from anything else that was going on. I think that was just him finding his own space, and removing himself from the bits he hated about where he’d been. I think that’s what we’re in the process of doing.”
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR JONNY’S NEW GEAR
If you’ve seen Radiohead before you’ll know that Jonny Greenwood is a total genius – when he’s not playing the guitar or organ, he’s making otherworldly sounds with instruments he has invented and made himself. For this tour, there’s a drum machine that samples conversations on the radio and creates a whole new sound. “He made Jeremy Vine sound funky!” bassist Colin Greenwood told NME. And if that’s not mad enough Thom Yorke’s been playing drums in rehersals.
GET THE NEW TRACKS
Radiohead fans love to get their new music online, so don’t be surprised if tracks appear straight after the first show. The most popular websites are www.radiohead.com, www.ateaseweb.com, and www.greenplastic.com. If they’re not hosting the new songs directly, there’ll be people talking about them on their messageboards. “My website will have everything regarding the Radiohead tour and, of course, the focus will be on the new songs and the older, unreleased songs,” Adriaan Pels of www.ateaseweb.com told NME. “It’s been a long while since Radiohead released new stuff, but it looks like we’ll be getting a lot to hear and discuss.”