Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich interviewed by Rolling Stone on Atoms for Peace, the State of Dance Music and What’s Next for Radiohead


Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich were recently interviewed by Rolling Stone on Atoms for Peace, the state of dance music and what’s next for Radiohead.

Some questions from the interview:

You’ve booked some big venues on this tour, like the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Is that exciting or a little scary?

YORKE: There are some. But nothing too big. The Roundhouse [in London, where Atoms will play in July] is quite small. That will be fun. I know it sounds stupid, but it’s a new band, you know? Even though we did go in at Number Two.

GODRICH: Bruno Mars had a special on Amazon. That’s why. (Atoms For Peace AMOK debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and was beat only by Bruno Mars whose album was heavily discounted on

YORKE: Yeah, Bruno Mars. Who the fuck is Bruno Mars? Sorry. I’ll get slandered now.

GODRICH: It’s apparently Amazon’s decision.

YORKE: Amazon fucks with us every time. They undercut us.

GODRICH: They’re just trying to get people to their site. It’s modern marketing in the dotcom era.

YORKE: So really, it was Number One.

GODRICH: That’s what I tell my mum, anyway.

What do you think of social media? Thom, you don’t really do Twitter, do you?

YORKE: Uh, not yet. No. I will, though. We do Tumblr – me and Stanley [Donwood] do a Tumblr now called “What Have You Done to My Face,” which is a quote from The Simpsons.

GODRICH: Amazing! I actually didn’t know that, but now it pleases me.

YORKE: What’s his name, Bart’s dad. Homer Simpson. He was shouting right when I was coming up with the name. You know, you keep putting names into Tumblr, it’s like every fucking name is taken. And then Homer just said, “What have you done to my face?”

You mentioned that you’ve been writing some new music. Any more hints on what to expect?

YORKE: Ah . . .

GODRICH: Time for a country album, I think.

YORKE: Yeah, that’s what I was thinking, actually. What am I doing? I don’t know, really. More electronic crap. [Laughs.]

GODRICH: I know, from years of experience, that what he does is he just bats things around, and comes up with fragments of things. They usually find a context in time.

YORKE: Or I’ll do one really simple thing that ties something together. Like, “Black Swan,” back in the day, was a six-minute load of crap.

GODRICH: Nine minutes!

YORKE: Nine-minute load of bollocks. Except for this one juicy bit, and he goes past and goes, “That bit. Fuck the rest.” Usually it’s something like that.

GODRICH: You’re asking the wrong person.

YORKE: Yeah, I have fucking no idea, mate. I think I need a break at some point. I went straight from Radiohead into this. The break’s, like, three days. That’s kind of all I need.

GODRICH: The break will involve making some music to relax. [Laughs.]

Have you thought at all about when you might work on another record with Radiohead?

YORKE: No, I don’t know, really. We said a year, but I’m sure it’ll probably be slightly longer than that, ’cause I am actually going to have to have a break. For three days. [Laughs.] I really haven’t got a clue, which I quite like. We didn’t, like, say, “Fuck you, I’ll see you whenever.” But it was quite exciting to actually finally decide to take a proper, proper break. We’d never really done that, not by choice.

I’m curious about the songs that Radiohead recorded at Jack White’s studio last summer. You said on Reddit that one of them was “Identikit,” right?

YORKE: Yeah. It was only a few hours in the studio. It was just because “Identikit” felt like it was in a really nice place, and I wanted to lay it down before we got bored of it, which is what normally happens. And there was one other tune, which might work. But “Identikit” was the main thing.

Did it feel like you finished the track or is it something you want to return to?

YORKE: It’s not finished, finished. No. That’s homework. Haven’t done it yet.

GODRICH: Save it for your day off.


Read the full interview here.


Back in February Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood revealed that the band would be returning to the recording studio in September of this year.