Radiohead have been recording in Hollywood “to get away from the dismal English winter”, according to reports.
The band, along with producer Nigel Godrich, set up studio in a house in the Hollywood Hills for a three-week session, and held a wrap party on January 30. A blog by LA Times writer Jia-Rui Cook, originally published at Postmark Here, described the party:
“Bryan [Cook, engineer] helped transform a house in the Hollywood Hills into a recording studio and spent the last three weeks there recording Radiohead with Nigel Godrich. On Saturday, we waded through a driveway full of Priuses and Minis to get to the wrap party.
“I was giddy seeing Beck, Salma Hayek and Danger Mouse chatting around the same pool where Dean Martin and the Rat Pack used to hang out. Thom Yorke periodically toyed with the iPhone that controlled the speakers. Usually he skipped forward to a Rolling Stones song.”
Cook went on to reveal that Godrich told her the adverse US weather had helped the band to focus on recording:
“The band wanted to record in LA to get away from the dismal English winter. Nigel said they were probably lolling about too much in the sunshine when they first arrived. When it started pouring down, they realised someone up there was telling them to get on with it. If their last album was ‘In Rainbows’, I guess they could call this one ‘In Rainstorms’“.