Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has announced two LA dates for his new band on October 4th & 5th. Yorke has recruited Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, R.E.M collaborator Joey Waronker, Brazilian instrumentalist Mauro Refosco, and his Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich for the gigs which will take place at the Orpheum Theatre.
Speaking about his new star-studded ‘backing band’, Yorke said: “In the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting a band together for fun to play ‘The Eraser’ stuff live and the new songs etc, to see if it could work! We don’t really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz, well, we haven’t got that much material yet! But come and check it out if you are in the area.”
The Guardian commented: It’s not yet clear if the band intend to write their own material, or if they’ve simply been put together by Yorke to recreate the increasingly weird noises that fester inside his head. One thing is clear, though: for anyone who has ever heard Yorke’s solo material and thought, “Interesting stuff Thom … but this abstract bleepy wailing could really do with some funky slap bass”, it really is your lucky day
Yorke recently released a double-A sided solo single, ‘Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses/The Hollow Earth’, on 12″ this month. It is scheduled for download release on 6 October 2009.