Radiohead’s Thom Yorke: ‘We need to get away from releasing albums’

Frontman hints that making another conventional album 'would kill' Radiohead

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has hinted that the band aren’t currently planning to release another album conventionally.

The singer said that he still had a lot of time for the album as an artform, but explained that to release another batch of songs in that format would “kill” Radiohead.

“None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off,” he told The Believer magazine.


“I mean, it’s just become a real drag. It worked with [2007 album] ‘In Rainbows’ because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we’ve all said that we can’t possibly dive into that again. It’ll kill us.”

Yorke added that Radiohead “need to get away” from releasing albums in the traditional format.

Instead, he hinted that the band may release new music via EPs or online (as they did with new song ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’ on August 5).

One idea the he and guitarist Jonny Greenwood have been mulling over includes a new batch of orchestral songs, to be released as an EP.

Jonny [Greenwood] and I have talked about sitting down and writing songs for orchestra and orchestrating it fully and just doing it like that and then doing a live take of it and that’s it – finished. We’ve always wanted to do it, but we’ve never done it because, I think the reason is, we’re always taking songs that haven’t been written for that, and then trying to adapt them,” he said.

“That’s one possible EP because, with things like that, you think do you want to do a whole record like that? Or do you just want to get stuck into it for a bit and see how it feels?”


The band are set to headline the Reading And Leeds Festivals, which take place between August 28-30.