Thom Yorke has compared writing for Radiohead’s new album to that on ‘OK Computer’ – but has declared the lyrics will be even more terrifying.
The group are recording with new producer Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (who has worked with Keane, Madonna and Oasis in the past) and in a world exclusive interview, Yorke said that despite rumours that the follow-up to ‘Hail To The Thief’ will have a political feel, in fact the opposite is true.
He said: “It’s about that anonymous fear thing, sitting in traffic, thinking, ‘I’m sure I’m supposed to be doing something else’.
Interestingly enough it’s similar to ‘OK Computer’ in a way. It’s much more terrifying. But ‘OK Computer’ was terrifying too -some of the lyrics were.”
Up to 16 tracks are being considered for the band’s next album, with current favourites including ‘Nude’, ’15 Step’, ‘Arpeggi’ and ‘House Of Cards’.
Next month fans will have the first chance to hear the songs on a European tour, which will visit Blackpool Empress Ballroom (May 12-13), Wolverhampton Civic Hall (15-16) and London Hammersmith Apollo (18-19) in the UK.
Writing recently on his diary at Radiohead.com, Yorke had previously said that the band are “finally getting somewhere”, and are optimistic about getting the songs right for the tour.
“Listening back to things we are doing and looking through the lyrics today and stuff it feels like we are finally getting somewhere”, he explained. “There are lots of songs. Too many to get together straight away. So we will be furiously rehearsing and writing as we go.
“I think we’ve always worked best when we aren’t bothered about making mistakes. Theres a lot of baggage about the old way of doing things that is hard to get over… all the ‘album’ crap. Just this level of pressure that is ridiculous. We’re just going to do what feels right at the time. Quite into the idea of singles at the moment (that don’t get on the radio). No grand design… wherever we are at. Some of the random stuff we have at the moment could be the most exciting.”
For the full world exclusive Radiohead interview check this week’s NME on sale natiowide from April 5.