Brit Music: What’s new with Radiohead?

A photo of Radiohead to match their music.

A photo of Radiohead to match their music.

Well, as you know, Radiohead Thom Yorke released the first album from his side project Atoms For Peace last month, but what of the other members?

In addition to scoring P.T. Anderson’s The Master, which, I’m just pointing out there, is a film you should probably go see, on March 1, guitarist/keyboardist  Jonny Greenwood was a surprise guest at an intimate Australian gig last week, where he joined the ACO Underground (Australian Chamber Orchestra) for a show in their Sydney loft, where they performed Steve Reich’s 1987 piece for guitar and tape (or equivalent ensemble), “Electric Counterpoint,” which was originally written for Pat Metheney.

Quoth ACO Underground founder Satu Vänskä: “[Greenwood] happened to be in town and we asked him if he would like to play. I don’t think people will ever get to see Jonny Greenwood play a Steve Reich piece in such an intimate setting.”

Of course, neither this performance nor his film score are his only delvings into classical music: he recently with his collaboration with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The side-project, which was entitled Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima/Popcorn Superhet Receiver/Polymorphia/48 Responses To Polymorphia. Greenwood recorded the second and fourth pieces listed.

But, what, you may ask, what of the band? Who cares about composers whose names I don’t know and pieces I’ll never get into? All right, for you types, his brother Colin, the bassist, has this to say: “We’re taking some time out whilst people are doing some other stuff, doing their own things, and the plan is to get back together again [at the] end of the summer.”

Their last record, “The King of Limbs” was released in 2011. However, they won’t be playing the Glastonbury festival this year: “We won’t have got our shit together by then,” he explained. They had previously headlined in 1997, 2003, and had a space on the NME stage in 1994.

And, of course, further research shows that this isn’t the first time Greenwood played “Electric Counterpoint,” either. Hear him playing it at Sacrum Profanum in 2011.

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