Radiohead’s new songs from last night’s show at London’s KOKO have surfaced online (May 1).
Audio and video recorded at the show are now available to download through the band’s fansites.
Singer Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood took a rare trip out of their Oxford studio, where they’re working on the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Hail To The Thief’, to play the concert in support of The Big Ask, Friends Of The Earth‘s climate campaign.
As previously reported by NME.COM, during the show, which was hosted by former ‘Popworld’ presenter Simon Amstell, the band played semi-acoustic versions of some of their biggest hits and three new songs.
The tracks, ‘Arpeggi’, ‘Bodysnatchers’ and another as yet untitled, were mixed in with songs such as ‘Karma Police’, ‘No Surprises’ and closer ‘Paranoid Android’.
‘Arpeggi’, a ballad, was played by Yorke on finger-picked acoustic and Greenwood on softly distorted electric guitar. It featured the lyrics “Why should I stay here… I’d be crazy not to follow.” Towards the end of the song, Greenwood swapped his guitar and started playing organ.
‘Bodysnatchers’ was far more uptempo and featured the lyric “I’m trapped in this body… can’t get out,” while the third new song was the best of the bunch.
At the beginning, Yorke sampled and looped his own voice to create a drum beat before playing a piano over the top. The song featured the line “You should have took me out when you had a chance.”
The setlist ran:
‘Fake Plastic Trees’
‘How To Disappear Completely’
‘I Might Be Wrong’
‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’
Other artists who appeared on the night included Super Furry Animals singer Gruff Rhys and UK folk singer Kate Rusby.
Radiohead now go back into rehearsals for their forthcoming club tour which starts this coming Saturday in Copenhagen. This week’s NME, out Wednesday nationwide, contains a full preview of the tour.
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