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Radiohead record new album without fear

Radiohead have been rehearsing for their new album. Ed O’Brien says the band are on an exciting journey, set to start the January recordings without fear.

Speaking to Rollling Stone, Ed said: “In terms of the band, we feel way more empowered in terms of our art and what we’re doing. We have been rehearsing for the last four weeks, for this new record. And we are in a very different place, a very new place. I don’t know if this is relevant, but I was talking with Philip three days ago about this. We were saying, “What’s different?” And one of the things is we do things without fear. A lot of where we come from — our education, our upbringing — manifests itself in the shadow of fear. I love that Talking Heads album title, Fear of Music. There has been a lot of that. And in a sense, I don’t think it served us too badly. It kept us on our toes. It kept us trying to seek new areas artistically.”

Ed continues: “The trouble is, as you get older, fear is not a great motivator. If you have fear, you can’t relax. [The 2007 album] In Rainbows definitely hints at that. The way that album sounded actually goes against the grain of those two years, the gestation period. That was fear-based time. But the album didn’t turn out that way. And certainly the gigs after it hinted at a different way of being. What we’re trying to do now is make art without fear. You’re relaxing. There is more joy in what you do.”

“I’m an eternal optimist, but I truly believe we can shift massively on this [next] record. That’s the thing we all know, that we feel in our bellies as we’re rehearsing — we’re on a big move here. We’re definitely on a journey. And it’s exciting.”

Read the full interview.

29 Comments

  • I like it. something that i have been practicing in my live. fear is a hinderererererer.

  • This sounds pretty great. I am very curious to see how different this will be.

  • Can not wait.

  • why was this posted again? slow news season?

  • :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

  • “I’m an eternal optimist”

    Radiohead in a nutshell.

  • Cool.
    Hopefully they’re gonna record some more twisted words.
    ;)

  • i knew theyd go hip hop eventually…

  • Exciting!

  • It seems like each time a new Radiohead album comes out, they do an interview where Thom talks about how uptight he used to be and how this is finally the album where he was able to relax — the band is working out artistic differences, etc.

    I remember this distinctly in a SPIN Magazine interview before Hail to the Thief and then have seen this theme recur with The Eraser and In Rainbows.

  • without fear? hhhmmmm.

  • [...] Radiohead record new album without fear [...]

  • Sounds good. I just hope the album doesn’t turn out as a duffer because they were so relaxed in the studio that they actually became lazy with it

  • This record will all be about sweet sweet loooove, people!

  • “Without fear” would be a nice title for the album as well ;-)

  • Fear More Beer

  • I bet it will have reggae, hip hip, deep bass themes.

  • Oh YEAH!

  • journey is the key__he is right_i know next album will touch us as well _

  • I love that Talking Heads song title, “Radio Head”

  • ‘We feel way more empowered’?

    I love the music of this band, but sometimes they come across a little pretentious.

    Frankly I don’t give a toss about the ‘journey’ they have been on in the build up to the recording, once the songs are released I’ll listen to them and they will dilute monotony with beauty. Fuck all the other shit.

  • Well, good.

    But fear is Radiohead’s secret ingredient.

  • Paul, why so agressive? did your dog just died? relax…

  • Sometimes I just wish they didn’t hype their albums as much seeing that it only serves to make everyone have high expectations. Not that there hasn’t been high expectations before but with this decade being full of the blogging, twitter, facebook, etc., it feels like the fun has been taken out of the whole anticipation of looking forward to the unexpected. Way back in the days before today’s current technology, fans used to read about shows through music magazines that would publish concert reviews from post-punk and indie bands that were unheard of in the States, Europe, etc.. I recall back in 1997 when I first saw a very strange-looking album cover somewhere. Since the album cover hinted at nothing I could only imagine what the musical content sounded like. The mystery of not knowing what’s behind the curtains makes one appreciate a work of art even more. Case in point for weeks later I was declaring OK Computer the greatest album of my generation.

    In a nutshell, I just want for the band to quietly announce they’ll be working on the new album. Don’t keep us updated everyday on the recording process and how frustrated/excited you are via DAS because that just takes the fun out of the anticipation for us. I have a gut-feeling this next album will be (yet another) album of the decade. Surprise us when we least expect it. Find ways to deliver the new album to us even before any of the other blog sites and critics get their ears on it. For once we would like to make-up our own minds as to what we think/feel of the new music and not be guided/misguided by those who feel they know more about music than us, the fans.

    Alarms and surprises for 2K10 please. :D

  • Bork Yorke :’)

    He’s in it for the monkey :’)

  • i believe whoever said radiohead hypes
    their music up(which is their own opinion)
    has a misconception of hype..radiohead reminds
    me a little of tool they let their music speak for itself..i do appreciate all of efforts in making
    their audience at large think about our and our
    children’s future..can’t say i believe it all
    ’cause i haven’t heard all of it but at leat
    they r opening minds…i recorded that $2 bill
    show they did on MTV a few years back(VHSlol)
    and have enjoyed it the last couple of dayss..
    also have been watching IMAGINE by John Lennon
    and i see a resemblance in both of their
    intentions..thanks for good music..i’m a songwrite too guys(plug plug) if their is anyway in the
    jaws of hell i could write something with u
    guys it would be a honor…lol..back to Lennon
    “u can say i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one”
    peace,love, and respect for your neighbor

  • Exciting!!!

    AND whoever doesn’t want to read updates on the album don’t read these news items on here! Easy!

    Eme

  • Where can i get a copy of the $2 dollar bill concert, saw it but MTV never plays it.

  • ZQADCBQRJKL I like it very much!

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