Radiohead 'definitely' planning 2010 album

Guitarist Ed O'Brien claims that Thom Yorke was misquoted as saying the group would never record another LP

Radiohead plan to release a new album next year, Ed O'Brien has announced, dismissing rumours that the group would never record another LP. The guitarist said that Thom Yorke had been misquoted in reports earlier this year, and the band will "definitely" return with a 2010 album.

"We were misquoted," O'Brien told NME. "We will be making an album!"

In August, it was widely reported that In Rainbows would be the band's last album. "None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again," Yorke told The Believer magazine. However, the reports forgot to include the next bit, when Yorke added: "Not straight off."

"It worked with In Rainbows because we had a 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," he said.

While Yorke is busy debuting his Flea-bitten new group, O'Brien insisted that the Radiohead fundamentals remain the same. "We love the artwork," he said. "That's really important, the physicality. We all like vinyl. That's not going to go away. I still like CDs as well. I got the Speech Debelle CD the other day. I nearly downloaded it from iTunes, but I thought, 'No, I want the physical thing.'"

While this summer saw the release of two new Radiohead songs, Harry Patch (In Memory of) and These Are My Twisted Words, the latter is not intended for a future album. "It's a kind of one-off," O'Brien said. "It could have been a darker side of In Rainbows – it's got that autumnal vibe, we're leaving the summer and going into the darkness."

The next album promises to be "typical Radiohead", he said. "We're going into the studio in winter. It's always miserable! Are we at the whim of the seasons? We are! When you're in a studio in the countryside, the music you make is definitely affected by what season it is."


Sean Michaels

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