"This is a nice little hit," singer Thom Yorke says in a breezy voice the day before Radiohead's
September 28th show at New York's Roseland Ballroom. He is sitting in a
hotel lobby, drinking tea and talking cheerfully about his band's
current promo blitz on behalf of its latest album, the very-electronic
enigma The King of Limbs. When the record came out as a download in February, Radiohead - an independent act since it finished its EMI deal with 2003's Hail to the Thief - played no gigs and did no interviews.
"It was nice not to do any of it," Yorke says. "But after a while, we
thought, 'Hold on, it might be nice to do something.' And now that
we've figured out how to play it live" - referring to the album's lush
tangle of samples, drum loops and glassy vocal reveries - "that creates
an energy that we want to pursue. You want to get it out there."
Radiohead's New York trip has included TV appearances on Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and a special one-hourRead More »from Radiohead Reloads for Post-’King of Limbs’ Blitz