Radiohead member says work on new album will ‘become a full schedule’ in September

Drummer Philip Selway discusses the band's forthcoming ninth record

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway has spoken about the band’s next album.

The band are thought to have been working on their follow-up to 2011’s ‘The King of Limbs’ gradually for some time, but now Selway has stated that work on the album will become a “full schedule” for the group’s members from September.

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Selway has appeared in the first of a two-part podcast recorded for The Talkhouse, appearing alongside London musician Ghostpoet .

He says that progress on the record has been “in fits and starts”, but “come September it just becomes quite a full schedule”.

On what to expect from the LP, the drummer adds: “For so long we kind of played exclusively with each other and that takes you so far, so I suppose from album to album you try to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.”

Selway continues: “We kind of change record to record, try and change the underlying approach to making music.” He also referred to the band’s “short attention span”.

Of his own talents, the musician added: “I suppose I’m very aware of my limitations as a drummer,. In one way that’s been a good thing for me, because it’s made me develop a very—if you’re into Radiohead you can recognise how I drum—but at the same time there’s an insecurity that comes with it, and always wanting to get beyond it.”

Listen to the first part of the podcast in full below.


Earlier this month, guitarist Jonny Greenwood confirmed that the band have been working in the studio “in periods” and that restarting the process “took a lot of time”.

Radiohead have been working on their ninth album since the start of the year. In February, Greenwood told the Sunday Times that they had “changed their method” and had been recording for “a couple of months”.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke recently announced his first show in support of last year’s solo album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’.

Yorke will play Tokyo’s Summer Sonic Festival on August 15 and will perform at the Hostess Club’s all-nighter. The news was confirmed by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich on Twitter.

He also recently recorded an 18-day soundtrack to a new art exhibition by Radiohead visual artist Stanley Donwood.

Yorke’s ambient soundtrack, ‘Subterranea’, features 18 days’ worth of original material, according to a press release quoted by Triple J. There are no plans for an official release, but the soundtrack is audible in a preview here.