Radiohead: "We are making a new album"
As Thom Yorke plays his first full solo shows in LA, Ed O’Brien reveals it won’t be long before his main band start recording again...
Forget the rumours, we can confirm there will be another Radiohead album, and that’s according to... the band themselves.
Following online comments from frontman Thom Yorke back in August it looked like they band were giving up the ‘traditional’ release format. However, Ed O’Brien has confirmed that they are not only interested in recording more albums, they are actually making one right now.
The guitarist told NME that with sessions planned this winter the band would “definitely” be releasing a full album physically next year.
“We were misquoted,” claimed O’Brien of Yorke’s comments, loudly adding, “WE WILL BE MAKING AN ALBUM!” Although he said the band hadn’t decided how it would be released, he said the album would come out on vinyl and CD whether it first arrived as a download or not.
“We love the artwork; that’s really important, the physicality,” he explained. “And we all like vinyl. That’s not going to go away. I still like CDs as well. I got the Speech Debelle CD the other day – I nearly downloaded it from iTunes but I thought, ‘No. I want the physical thing.’“
O’Brien wouldn’t be drawn on specific tracks, but suggested that recent free download ‘There Are My Twisted Words’ was not a marker for the album.
“It’s a kind of one-off,” he said of the song. “It could have been a darker side of ‘In Rainbows’ – it’s got that autumnal vibe, we’re leaving the summer and going into the darkness.”
He added that with Radiohead set to reconvene in their Oxfordshire studio this winter, the season might similarly affect the new songs. “Typical Radiohead,” he laughed. “We’re going into the studio in winter. It’s always miserable! Are we at the whim of the seasons? We are! When you’re in a studio in the countryside, the music you make is definitely affected by what season it is.”
Before Radiohead can hit record, though, they are pausing to allow Thom Yorke to play his first solo gigs with a full band.
Currently in Los Angeles, the singer has coaxed producer Nigel Godrich to join him onstage in his currently unnamed group, while his choice of bassist – Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea – has turned a few heads. Though perhaps most famous for wearing a sock on his cock, Flea has quietly established himself as the bassist for hire since his funk-rock outfit when on hiatus two years ago. He has recorded with Damon Albarn and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, has previously collaborated with Metallica, Jane’s Addiction, Patti Smith and The Mars Volta and was asked to take part in both the PiL and Faces reunions, making him a good fit for Yorke.
For a full report on the singer’s first show at Los Angeles’ Echoplex (Oct 2) and his gigs at the city’s Orpheum Theatre (Oct 4-5), which saw him play ‘The Eraser’ and several new songs, head to NME.COM.