The Smile debut new song ‘Friend Of A Friend’ as they kick off European tour

The Radiohead side project's debut album 'A Light For Attracting Attention' came out last week

The Smile began their debut European tour this week (May 16), debuting a new song called ‘Friend Of A Friend’ – check out footage, setlist, ticket details for the rest of the tour and more below.

The band – comprising Thom Yorke, his Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – formed last year and released their debut album, ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’ last week.

After making their live debut at Glastonbury’s Live At Worthy Farm livestream last summer, The Smile played their first proper live shows with a three-gig run within 12 hours at London’s Magazine venue last month.


Their full UK and European tour began in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday, and saw tracks from ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’ performed alongside the brand new cut ‘Friend Of A Friend’.

‘Friend Of A Friend’ saw Yorke at the guitar with Greenwood playing melancholy chords at the piano. Behind them, Skinner played free and loose jazz drums.

See footage of the new song, the band’s full setlist, remaining tour dates and ticket details below.


The Smile played:

‘The Smoke’
‘Speech Bubbles’
‘Thin Thing’
‘Open The Floodgates’
‘Free In The Knowledge’
‘A Hairdryer’
‘Waving A White Flag’
‘We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings’
‘Skrting On The Surface’
‘The Same’
‘The Opposite’
‘You Will Never Work in Television Again’

‘Friend Of A Friend’
‘Just Eyes and Mouth’
‘Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses’

The Smile
The Smile. CREDIT: Press

See the band’s remaining UK and European tour dates below. Pick up tickets for the gigs here.

19 – Prague, Forum Karlin
20 – Berlin, Tempodrom
23 – Stockholm, Cirkus
24 – Oslo, Sentrum Scene
27 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
29 – London, Roundhouse
30 – London, Roundhouse

1 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
2 – Manchester, Albert Hall
4 – Lille, L’Aéronef
6 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris
7 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris
8 – Lyon, Les Nuits de Fourvière
10 – Barcelona, Primavera Sound
12 – Dijon, Festival VYV Les Solidarites
24 – Reims, La Magnifique Society
25 – Werchter, TW Classic Festival
27 – Luxembourg, The Neumünster Abbaye
29 – Gdynia, Open’er Festival

5 – Barcelona, Poble Espanyol
6 – Madrid, Noches del Botánico
8 – Lisbon, Coliseum
11 – Nimes, Festival de Nimes
12 – Montreux, Montreux Jazz Festival
14 – Milan, Fabrique Milano
15 – Ferrara, Piazza Trento Trieste
17 – Macerata MC – Arena Sferisterio
18 – Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica
20 – Taormina, Teatro Antico di Taormina

Reviewing The Smile’s ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’, NME wrote: “While there’s not a sound or direction on the record that would shock any longtime followers of Yorke or Radiohead, it was clearly made with a free spirit and energy that the pressure of the infamously tortured and laborious task of creating another monolith from The Radiohead Machine might not allow them.

“In cutting some new shapes, this supergroup have been set loose to make some of the most arresting and satisfying music of their careers. Christ, it sounds like they’re having fun – or, at least, as much fun as can be had in trading in this kind of jazzed-up misery.”

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