Already notorious for reinventing its sound with each of its six albums, Radiohead is preparing for yet another metamorphosis.
Already notorious for reinventing its sound with each of its six albums, Radiohead is preparing for yet another metamorphosis. Whatever comes next "needs to be more conducive to moving on musically because that's kind of what we've always done," singer and frontman Thom Yorke says. "We feel that after [recent album] 'Hail to the Thief' we want to definitely disappear into a black hole of the unknown rather than carrying on where we left off."
Yorke says he's delighted the band has just fulfilled its contract with Parlophone, a division of EMI Records. "It's always been album, album, album," he says, adding that he believes the music business will be forced to change because the way people listen to music is changing. "Things like iTunes and people splitting up tracks," he says. "I kind of think that's good. I listen to music on random all the time."
With the freedom to do anything, Yorke says he's unsure what the band will try next although it's unlikely to pound out another album. EPs are more likely.
Having just wrapped a North American tour in support of Hail to the Thief," the group is now is taking a break before resuming activity Nov. 10 in Oberhausen, Germany. A commercial single for "2+2=5" is due Nov. 10 internationally in CD, DVD and 12-inch vinyl forms, augmented by remixes, a video for "Sit Down. Stand Up" and a demo for "There There."
Radiohead has also begun confirming dates for Australia and Japan in April.
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