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But, despite 'Hail To The Thief''s "pop" leanings, soon the band will be "completely unrecognisable"...

THOM YORKE has described HAIL TO THE THIEF’ as ‘OK COMPUTER 2’ – but said that in two years time the band will be “completely unrecognisable”.

The group have just finished a tour of UK clubs to promote their forthcoming album, which is due on June 9.

Speaking to Dutch magazine OOR translated on www.ateaseweb.com, Thom said he’s no idea what the future will hold for the band, but he expects their music to change dramatically.

“We’re a pop band again for now, because it was necessary,” he said. “Just doing what we’re good at. But, no matter how good I feel about the new album and how much fun we’re having in what we do right now, we’ve been there already. We’re not moving.

“This is ‘OK Computer 2’. What we will do from now on, should not be anything like we’ve done before. We will not go further back, like everyone expects. There won’t be a second ‘The Bends’. There is not a single good reason for it. As a band, we have fully discussed this matter recently. Radiohead will be completely unrecognisable in two years. At least, I hope so. It’s the only perspective of the future that I can live with.”

Radiohead fans will now have to wait until next month’s headline appearance at the Glastonbury festival (June 28) until the band play live in the UK again.

See this week’s NME for a report from Radiohead‘s tour, and don’t miss the new Radiohead NME Originals issue, on sale now, price £4.99 containing a host of interviews, reviews and photos from the archives of NME and Melody Maker.