His words, given in an interview to Spin magazine, might be brief, but are more than adequate enough to tantalise fans about the prospect of new music.
After all, it’s a considerably less cryptic message than some of the posts in the run-up to Radiohead’s last album, 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool. And also more concrete than guitarist Ed O’Brien’s comments on The Line-Up Podcast last year, that Radiohead’s regrouping “might happen, but the other thing is… it might not”.
And whilst new music isn’t a guarantee, even the idea of the band being in the same room together, following various solo and other ventures – notably including The Smile with Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – is welcome news.
The band’s last tour came in 2018 and they made a return of sorts to releasing in 2021 with KID A MNESIA – a triple album celebrating the release of Kid A and Amnesiac (released in October 2000 and May 2001, respectively) and some added unreleased tracks.
Radiohead’s get-together could be a means to commemorate Hail To the Thief, which came out two decades ago this year.
As Selway said in his interview: “We’re going to get together at the start of , and I’m sure we’re going to start looking at other ideas for what comes next. Hail To the Thief — it’s a long time since that record, isn’t it?”
It has indeed, Phil. And we wait with bated breath as to what Radiohead’s those “other ideas” will entail.