Thom Yorke, the inimitable frontman of Radiohead and Atoms for Peace, sat down with Benji B from BBC Radio 1 to discuss a wide variety of topics regarding Yorke’s future in music. For a change, Yorke had (mostly) positive things to say on all fronts.
Yorke mentions that Radiohead plan to tour in 2017, which is great news to American fans, who only had six opportunities in four cities to see them on tour this summer. Hopefully some other markets will get a chance to experience Radiohead at this point in their storied career. Also, Yorke brings up Atoms for Peace, his band with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Yorke says that he intends to bring that band back together at some point in 2017.
Yorke went on to discuss Radiohead’s habit of releasing albums in non-traditional ways, saying: “Enough of that now. I’ve entirely had enough of that. Just put it out, man. No more fuss, just put it out. I’m getting too old for that bit. It takes away from things a bit, sometimes frustrating. The energy of trying to figure out how to do it differently and circumvent the monsters and you’re like… whatever.”
Yorke also shared a new remix of “Gazillion Ear” by MF DOOM while on the air. Yorke has previously remixed this track once before, in 2009, and has given the track another go with this new version. Listen to this new remix at 2:37:00 of the interview
Sounds like, if Radiohead do release a new album, it’ll be more straightforward. No more pay-as-you-go, no more bitTorrent bundles, no more surprises or industry-changing ideas. The band utilized this minimalist technique on A Moon Shaped Pool, and the album was extremely well received.
Yorke discusses many other topics over the course of the three-hour interview with Benji B and BBC 1 Radio, and you can listen to it by clicking this link.