Interview with Jonny

by Jonathan on August 13, 2009

Jonny GreenwoodThe Australian has posted an interview they did with Jonny recently. The band has been in their Oxford studio rehearsing for the upcoming festival tour dates later this month. They’ve also been recording new songs. “There’s a bunch of stuff slowly growing, some more finished than others,” Jonny says.

Two years ago, no longer signed to a major record label, the band released In Rainbows online, inviting fans to pay whatever they thought the album was worth. It was a bold move, seen as undermining the recording industry and testing new modes of distribution. Where Radiohead goes next, though, is less certain. The members aren’t even sure whether to release another conventional album at all.

“Traditionally we’d be looking for 10 or 11 songs and putting them together, but that doesn’t feel as natural as it used to, so I don’t know what we’ll do. Maybe we’ll find four songs that work together and we’ll call that a release. I don’t know,” Greenwood says.

After changing direction so many times, it’s perhaps no surprise that Radiohead finds itself, once again, at a crossroads. After starting off in 1993 with Pablo Honey and then the more accessible The Bends, the band established its place at the cutting edge of contemporary music with the landmark OK Computer. It then headed off in new directions with Kid A, Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief, embracing alternative forms of rock and electronics before 2007’s In Rainbows. Meanwhile, digital music and downloads changed the way music was consumed.

During the past few days, music circles around the world have been in a flutter after the band’s singer, Thom Yorke, told an American magazine he was “not very interested in the album at the moment”. Greenwood confirms that a conceptual shift is under way. “No one knows how to release music any more, including us,” he says. “How to put it together, in what format, how long. We’re in the dark as much as anyone I think.”

Apart from that, Greenwood isn’t giving much away. He doesn’t seem worried though: Radiohead has always had a thing for reinvention. It’s no wonder, then, that the 38-year-old sounds relaxed as he discusses one of his other projects.

Could “These Are My Twisted Words” be one of the new songs Jonny talks about?

Read the full interview…



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  • earnestj

    I’m content with the death of “the album”, I’d much prefer songs in an organized group being released rapidly, rather than waiting four years for an album I might not even enjoy. Regardless of what the future holds, I’m just gracious they’re still recording music.

  • Itypetoomuch

    Johnny and gang need love too, it shouldn’t all be reserved for Thom.

  • If the band are about to release a surprise EP, why are they giving interviews before it’s released? Maybe there is no EP.

  • OLewis

    Maybe they’re being devious- maybe they want a “will they/won’t they?” buzz about the EP to excite more people. I’d be sad if Radiohead NEVER released another album, but I don’t mind just hearing a few EPS for the next few years. A Radiohead album is a work of peerless art, but the EPs are also interesting and fulfilling.

  • Tania

    First than everything I love the song.. πŸ˜€
    Second.. mm.. if they never release an album again .. will be really cool.. cause it’s great to constantly have new music.. but on the other hand .. it would be sad to do not see another full album of them .. cause as OLewis said .. an Radiohead album is a work of art..

    Greets!

  • JOBO

    I think it’s great that they’re in a position to think outside the box on their own. As Jonny said… β€œNo one knows how to release music any more, including us. How to put it together, in what format, how long. We’re in the dark as much as anyone I think.”

    By “no one” I think he’s referring to the music industry/record labels. Which means the other bands aren’t really in control of what happens, unlike Radiohead. If they come up with a good idea, there’s no doubt that the rest will follow.

    I might be dreaming but this is just what comes to mind.

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