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October 03, 2011  | by: Adrienne Wenner

Thom Yorke of Radiohead

With Radiohead doing a few gigs here and there, supporting their latest album, The King of Limbs, I’m left wondering what has happened to Atoms for Peace, the supergroup Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea formed in 2009.

Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, hasn’t forgotten about his new project.  In fact, after a small tour and Coachella last year, Atoms for Peace has already started to record their first album.

“People always think about him [Thom Yorke] and talk about as this really cerebral artist,” said Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Atoms for Peace. “Especially when we were playing together. People would go, ‘Thom is so cerebral and Flea is just an animal.’ But Thom is the type of musician who doesn’t think at all. He goes totally on feeling and intuition. Whereas I’m like, ‘You can try a G7 chord with a diminished fifth, that might be proper.’”

Sounds like Flea is implying he’s the technical musician of the group.  Even though he may lead Atoms for Peace in that fashion, Flea refuses to reveal any hints to the sound of the new material.  He feels as though it’s not his place to divulge any information relating to the new record, keeping it a mystery.  However, Flea does say he thinks there’s a great possibility for another tour.  “I imagine that will probably happen,” he said. “I hope that happens. I just have a warm place in my heart and my mind and my balls for the whole fucking concept.”

There’s no set date for the new record as Yorke continues to focus on Radiohead.  And there’s no real idea as what to expect from Atoms for Peace, either.  Hopefully, Radiohead’s usually subdued nature won’t transfer over to this band.  The few covers Atoms performed don’t have a distinct sound at all.  It’s exactly what it is, a song covered by a band with no twist of their own.  It’s hard to predict what Atoms for Peace will bring to the table.

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