Radiohead will hit the studio to begin work on the follow-up to In Rainbows in January. Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien interrupted Thom Yorke’s steady stream of rants from the Copenhagen Climate Summit on the band’s Dead Air Space Website to alert fans that despite Yorke’s own solo endeavors in 2009, the band will continue working on their next album.
“The vibe in the camp is fantastic at present, and we head off into the studio in January to continue on from the work we started last Summer. I am so genuinely excited about what we’re doing, but for obvious reasons I can’t divulge anything more,” O’Brien posted on December 19th. “10 years ago we were all collectively (that’s the band) in the land of Kid A, and although hugely proud of that record, it wasn’t a fun place to be. What’s reassuring now, is that we are most definitely a different band, which should therefore mean that the music is different too and that is the aim of the game.” While the recording of Kid A was historically tumultuous for the band due to the high expectations following OK Computer, the hardships paid off: Kid A was named Rolling Stone‘s Number One album of the 2000s.
RS‘ David Fricke recently interviewed O’Brien as part of our Artists of the Decade feature in the new issue, and the guitarist provided a few more details about what Radiohead’s album might sound like. “In terms of the band, we feel way more empowered in terms of our art and what we’re doing. We have been rehearsing for the last four weeks, for this new record,” O’Brien tells Fricke. “And we are in a very different place, a very new place. And one of the things is we do things without fear. A lot of where we come from manifests itself in the shadow of fear. I love that Talking Heads album title, Fear of Music. There has been a lot of that. And in a sense, I don’t think it served us too badly. It kept us on our toes. It kept us trying to seek new areas artistically.”
For more from O’Brien about Radiohead’s next album, what the 2000s meant to the band and how Thom Yorke’s lyrical style has changed in the past 10 years, check out Rolling Stone‘s full Q&A below:
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