I usually look for a new album from my favorite bands every two years. Since Radiohead released In Rainbows as a digital download in 2007, I was really hoping it'd have another new album out by the end of this year. But frontman Thom Yorke tells Believer magazine that the band is done with the album format, at least for now.
"None of us want to get into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again," Yorke says in the magazine's July/August issue. "It's just become such a drag. It worked with In Rainbows because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we've all said that we can't possibly dive into that again. It'll kill us."
Radiohead recently self-released a new single, available through the band's Web site. "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" is a tribute to Britain's only remaining veteran of WWI, who died in July at the age of 111. Unlike much of Radiohead's recent work, the song is mostly orchestrated string parts, without percussion or electronics.
"We've done that now. That's that," Yorke tells Believer. "In Rainbows was a particular aesthetic, and I can't bear the idea of doing that again. Not that it's not good; I just can't... bear... that."
Yorke says the band members are each currently working on their own projects. But he says Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is always pushing the rest of the band to do more. "He can't stand it anymore, the pace of the way we work. It's fallout from all our false starts."
This is an unofficial video for "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," which a fan produced and posted on YouTube.