So Radiohead has apparently vanished off the face of the internet. Their website is gone, their facebook, twitter,etc. is all gone. But here’s the thing: Radiohead hasn’t truly vanished from the face of the internet, they have overloaded it. By vanishing from the internet, they are now everywhere on the internet. So everybody is now paying attention, those excited about their new album, and those who don’t give much of a shite at all.
Thom Yorke is an enigma even when his band exists on social media, what with coming up with new ways of releasing albums, unexpected albums, and unexpected sonic experiments. Johnny Greenwood was quoted a number of months ago now as saying that the band was done recording for their new album, and the internet grabbed the words, twisted them up and announced: Radiohead has finished their album. Johnny came back at them and said: “We are done recording, but that doesn’t mean the album is finished.” I’m paraphrasing here, but I think you get the gist. Whatever they do will be amazing, and whenever they do it, even if we are looking for it we will be caught unawares.
Right now, I’m enjoying the rain with one of the best rainy day albums that has ever existed: Amnesiac. I love how different all of their albums are from each other. Even at their poppiest, and least experimental, they have always been innovators, always defiers of convention. I would go as far as to say, that they are and always be one of the greatest rock bands, even when they veer into unforeseen weirdness. They do it for the music more than for the money, more than for the recognition, or to appease executives.
The thing about Radiohead is this: forward motion and constant change. That’s how a band exists for 20 plus years. They are such musical chameleons, and that alone makes them impossible to forget, impossible to get sick of. But where are they? We’ll see soon, won’t we?