Radiohead’s Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood Form New Project, The Smile | Radiohead
Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead have formed a new project called The Smile.
It’s a trio with jazz drummer Tom Skinner, who plays in Sons of Kemet and other bands including the solo project Hello Skinny. Longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich who also stars with Yorke in Atoms for Peace is also involved. The Smile is named after a poem by Ted Hughes.
Yorke, Greenwood and Skinner will kick off the project on Saturday, as special guests of Live at Worthy Farm, the event broadcast live on the Glastonbury Festival site which also features Coldplay, Haim and more. The Smile is scheduled to perform at 11:00 p.m.
Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis said she was “truly honored” that the trio made their debut there, saying: “It has all the qualities of a special time in Glastonbury.”
Radiohead made headlines three times, in 1997, 2003 and 2017, and did a little secret show in 2011. Yorke, briefly accompanied by Greenwood, also made a surprise acoustic appearance in 2010.
The group remains a working company, although it is currently on hiatus. Their most recent album is A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016.
Yorke released his soundtrack of Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria in 2018 and of the solo album Anima in 2019. In 2018, Greenwood released two film soundtracks, on Phantom Thread by Paul Thomas Anderson – for which he was Oscar nominee – and You Were Never by Lynne Ramsay Really here. Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien released a solo album as EOB in 2020.