In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea dropped some interesting news regarding Atoms for Peace, the side project that he, Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco all were a part of last year.
In 2010, he played bass in Radiohead singer Thom Yorke’s offshoot band Atoms for Peace, doing shows and playing on a forthcoming studio album. Yorke says he asked Flea to join the project “because he plays bass like a lead instrument. But I thought, ‘Why would he want to do this?’ He said he enjoyed the idea of getting involved, but not being responsible for the end product, getting the kicks and walking away.” Yorke laughs. “I can totally understand that.”
Did you catch that?
… and playing on a forthcoming studio album.
Very interesting indeed. Flea goes on to talk about Thom:
Flea is actually a complex bundle of confidence, humility and yearning, a formally trained musician – he started on trumpet – whose aggressive style on bass belies his notion of service. “I want to support them,” he says of his work for Yorke and Patti Smith. “Thom channels such a beautiful thing. I’m like, ‘Let me give everything that I am to him, give him what he needs to float on.’ That freedom thing Thom’s talking about – it’s getting out of the way,” Flea explains. “When you try to control music, you strangle it. I know it’s a hippie thing. But I’m trying to get the energy out, let it go, That’s the gift I have.”
We’ll keep you updated on any further news regarding this forthcoming album. In the meantime, you can read the full Rolling Stone transcript here.
If you haven’t been able to watch the hour long From the Basement session yet, you’re in luck. The band has posted the full performance to YouTube for you to enjoy.
Produced by Nigel Godrich, the video session features Clive Deamer and additional musicians performing alongside Radiohead. From The Basement sees the band perform this year’s The King Of Limbs in its entirety, as well as new songs ‘Staircase’ and ‘The Daily Mail’, which were previously posted.
Earlier last month, Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood, the HotRats (aka Nigel Godrich with Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey of Supergrass), Soap&Skin, and Air’s Nicolas Godin, teamed up for a one-off tribute to the Velvet Underground in Paris, aptly titled Velvet Underground Revisited. The set was comprised almost entirely of covers off VU’s Andy Warhol-produced 1967 record with Nico, including a faithful take on “Femme Fatale” that featured a guest lead vocal by Leslie Feist. You can take a break from spinning her new single and hear a decent glimpse of the performance above.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea thinks Thom Yorke is a swell guy and a huge inspiration to him. Flea, along with with drummer Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco, and producer Nigel Godrich, were all part of Thom’s supergroup, Atoms for Peace, which performed shows last year.
“It influenced me being around Thom,” Flea explained. “He’s an unbelievably great musician and a beautiful man. He’s so pure as an artist. It’s less that I would try to copy him and more that just being around someone who channels really powerful energy is beneficial.
“It’s a relationship I will always hope to nurture.”
Last night Thom Yorke surprisingly showed up at Low End Theory in Los Angeles where he DJ’d alongside Flying Lotus and Gaslamp Killer. His DJ set included Burial, Modeselektor, Kraftwerk, Squarepusher, Madvillain, Major Lazer, among other things and laster about an hour and 20 minutes. Nigel Godrich was also there.
Radiohead’s long-time producer and “sixth man,” Nigel Godrich, is putting together the soundtrack for the upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. The World movie. Along with curating the music, he producing and scoring it. Godrich has recruited an impressive group to record music for the movie, including Beck, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Cornelius, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, among others.