Thom Yorke admits he’s surprised by the success of Radiohead’s new album

Singer says ‘I cherish the band, but I don’t expect anyone else to’

Thom Yorke has admitted he’s surprised by the success of Radiohead’s new album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.

The album is at No 1 for the second time, following its physical release on CD and vinyl on June 17. But Yorke revealed he believed fans may have deserted Radiohead in the five years since their previous album ‘The King Of Limbs’ in 2011. It previously reached No 1 on its download release in May.

Yorke told Q: ‘We expected the opposite reaction. I cherish the band, but I don’t expect anyone else to.” Yorke added that his favourite song on the new album is ‘Daydreaming’ “When we do it right.”

The five-year wait between new albums was the longest of Radiohead’s career.

Bassist Colin Greenwood said the band’s tour were among the best shows of their career. Speaking about a recent Paris gig, Greenwood said: “Thom was just amazing. It was going a bit wrong at the beginning, but he really pulled me and everyone else together.”

Radiohead played three shows at London’s Roundhouse in May, which are so far scheduled to be their only UK gigs in support of ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’. The band resume touring on Saturday at Swiss festival Openair, with the tour ending in October at Austin City Limits festival in Texas.