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.”