Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood come together on this Radiohead side project, alongside Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner, to make ‘The Smile’. As Yorke said, during an eight-track set at Glastonbury’s Live at Worthy Farm, they are named after the Ted Hughes poem of the same name. The show gives insight into the new band’s sound- which is being described as ‘Radiohead-like’. With band members Greenwood and Yorke playing their strength with familiar instruments from previous projects.
The supergroup has supposedly completed an album, which Nigel Godrich- long-time producer for Radiohead- says is “not a rock record”. Although, in a recent interview with The Coda Collection, he did not give any details on when the album may be realized or what it will be called.
“It’s an interesting juxtaposition of things, but it does make sense. It will make sense”- Godrich to The Coda Collection.
Despite this, Godrich took to Twitter to dispute his own words to say “can I add to this that it’s not finished and it is a rock record.“. The unofficial sixth member of Radiohead, quote-tweeted Consequence’s post to dispute their interpretation of his words. With this in mind, it is up in the air as to what is happening with the project or what to expect.
With Yorke remixing Radiohead’s ‘creep’ and MF Doom’s ‘Gazillion Ear’ in his ‘man on fire remix’, it has hard to see how he is finding the time for this new project. With no news on Radiohead since last year’s break from music’ comment from drummer Philip Selway. Leaving the band to focus on solo/side projects since 2016’s a Moon Shaped Pool.
With the little we know about ‘The Smile’ it is hard to say what is in store for them next, but we hope to hear from them soon.