Hardcore Radiohead fans have long embraced the innovative nature of the British rock band; for better or for weird. The band, who usually refuses to compromise their artistry in most situations, did recently make note of the “alienating” quality of their eight album, 2011’s quirky King of Limbs.
Radiohead has spent this year getting a current feel for what their audience likes by playing a mixture of hits and obscure songs at Coachella, touring through North America, and playing two brand new songs and “Identikit” and “Cut A Hole” during their live sets. Frontman Thom Yorke also DJ’d with Modeselektor and is part of a recent video that appeared.
And although critics heralded King of Limbs, many fans voiced their displeasure in the new sound. Yorke admitted that he now recognizes this.
“I can see why it’s alienated people,” Yorke said.I didn’t realise it was on its own planet”.
“It was amazing just to put the record out like that,” said Yorke to Rolling Stone via NME about Radiohead’s experimental eight album. “But then it didn’t feel like it really existed…But that was the consequence of what we chose to do. You can either get upset about it, or say, “well, that’s not good enough.”
Guitarist Jonny Greenwood agreed with Yorke, saying: “The brick walls we tended to hit were when we knew something was great, like ‘Bloom’, but not finished. We knew the song was nearly something. Then Colin had that bass line and Thom started singing.”
“Those things made it a hundred times better,” continued Greenwood. “The other stuff was just waiting for the right thing.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles