Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood form new band, Smile
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood to debut new band The Smile tonight at Glastonbury’s live event, Live at Worthy Farm. The group will be completed by drummer Tom Skinner, in collaboration with producer Nigel Godrich.
“We are truly honored that Thom and Jonny have chosen our live event to showcase their newest project, the Smile,” Glastonbury co-organizer Emily Eavis said in a statement. “Unfortunately we are all unable to come together at Worthy Farm, but alongside the sets of other wonderful artists it has all the qualities of a special Glastonbury moment – and one that we can broadcast around the world.
Although Radiohead himself, whose last album was from 2016 A swimming pool in the shape of a moon, is still on hiatus, York and Greenwood are no strangers to the Glastonbury scene – Radiohead featured three times, in 1997, 2003 and 2017, and also made a surprise appearance in 2011.
It’s unclear at this time what the future of Smile will look like, which took its name from a poem by Ted Hughes of the same name. A preliminary website for the group notes that upcoming announcements may also include information from “WASTE Headquarters,” the official source for news relating to Radiohead.
For those who subscribe to the group’s mailing list, a cryptic message awaits in the inboxes. “In the rabbit hole we go as the flames rise for unbelievers, mushrooming men until we all come back to faces of solid gold, solid gold, sycophantic forgers in double quicktime. from start to finish until we all come back. “