Over the holidays I found myself listening to plenty of British radio online, mainly Radio 1 and XFM. I happened to catch Zane Lowe on his Radio 1 program, during which he interviewed Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien on December 21. They discussed the band’s plans for ’06, which will include tour dates and some new tunes.
As for touring, O’Brien said: “Hopefully we're going to have a couple of tracks to download by about April or May. But we're going to go out in May, we're going to do some theatres because part of what we're doing is play new material. It's a good way to get your shit together." These dates will begin as small scale UK dates at first, with some North American dates hopefully by this summer.
On a more surprising note, O”Brien revealed that uber-producer and longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich will not be involved with the new record. Rather, they have decided to go with Mark “Spike” Stent, who has worked in the past with U2, Madonna and Bjork. Oh yeah, and the Spice Girls.
O’Brien added: “It's not an end of an era, (but) part of what your realise as a band is that all those records you made with Nigel, apart from Hail To The Thief we were a little bit in the comfort zone. That's why you make records like Kid A after OK Computer, that's why you make OK Computer after The Bends, you've got to do stuff that you're scared of doing. With Nigel, we've been working together for 10 years, and we all love one another too much."