Radiohead share chirping bird teaser after deleting their online history

Band post short video of an animated bird

Radiohead have shared the first communication with fans since deleting their online presence over the weekend.

On Sunday (May 1), the band wiped everything from their social media accounts and their official website faded to white.

This morning at 6am UK time, the following unexplained video of a chirping bird was posted on the band’s Instagram. Some fans of the band have reported that the same bird video has been seen on the band’s website.

A video posted by Radiohead (@radiohead) on

Update: A second video has been shared from the band’s Instgram account.

A video posted by Radiohead (@radiohead) on

Radiohead fans have linked the videos to director Chris Hopewell, who has previously worked with Radiohead and has directed videos for Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Scissor Sisters, Louis XIV, The Knife, The Offspring and several other bands. He directed the ‘There There’ video in 2003.

Hopewell’s Jacknife Prints Instagram account has been updated regularly in recent weeks with activity from a mystery music video. One post from a fortnight ago states that he had “11 days” to make a “3 1/2 min animated film”.

DIY notes that in a since-deleted post from Monday (May 2), a fan enquiring as to when the video will be available was told, “you’ll have to wait till tomoro to see the whole thing.”

In addition to all of this, band members Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Colin Greenwood have all faded out their personal social media accounts in keeping with the band while producer Nigel Godrich shared a cryptic message with fans.

All of this activity comes amid rumours that the band are gearing up for the imminent release of a new album.

Reddit users were among the first to notice that the opacity of the band’s website had slowly decreased until it became almost entirely blank – the first in what seemed like a series of online vanishing acts from the band.

The same thing then appeared to happen with their Facebook and Twitter accounts, with every post deleted until an empty page remained, alongside a blank image for the band’s profile picture and header photos.

The reason behind the bizarre stunt is yet to be revealed – but it came only a day after fans received a series of mysterious flyers in the post, which read: “Sing a song of sixpence that goes/Burn the Witch/We know where you live.”

Fans have speculated that ‘Burn the Witch’ could be the name of a new album, after the group launched a new limited company earlier this year – a move employed by the band before the release of previous records.

In January, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the band had quietly established a new company called Dawn Chorus LLP in October 2015 – which had previously done ahead of the band’s previous two albums.

In July 2007, they founded Xurbia Endless before the release of ‘In Rainbows’, in October of that year, while in December 2010 they formed Ticker Tape Ltd ahead of ‘The King of Limbs’ in February 2011.

During a talk in April, Brian Message, a partner of Radiohead‘s management company, reportedly revealed that the band’s new album will be released in June.

Radiohead’s long-time visual collaborator Stanley Donwood said earlier this year (March) that he has heard the band’s new album, describing the LP as “a work of art”, though he also said at the time that the record is not yet finished.

It was also reported that Radiohead have shot a new music video with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson, though this has yet to be confirmed by the band.

Radiohead will play the following headline dates:

Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall (May 20-21)
Paris, Le Zenith (May 23-24)
London, Roundhouse (May 26-28)
New York, Madison Square Garden (July 26-27)
Los Angeles, Shrine Auditorium (August 4, 8)
Mexico City, Palacio De Los Deportes (October 3-4)