Radiohead keeps giving us tidbits about an upcoming album to follow 2011’s The King of Limbs. During the first half of a two-part podcast recorded for the Talkhouse, Philip Selway said progress happens “in fits and starts, but come September it just becomes quite a full schedule.”
Selway’s statement comes after Jonny Greenwood said the band was “working in periods” after taking a long break. You can listen to the podcast below.
The conversational podcast features Selway chatting with Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe), and the two talk about Radiohead’s ever-changing creative process.
“For so long we kind of played exclusively with each other and that takes you so far, so I suppose from album to album you try to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. We kind of change record to record, try and change the underlying approach to making music.” He also referred to the band’s “short attention span.”
Selway also said that hearing new Radiohead tracks and “wanting to be a part of that” is one of the main reasons he keeps drumming. “I suppose I’m very aware of my limitations as a drummer,” he said. “In one way that’s been a good thing for me, because it’s made me develop a very—if you’re into Radiohead you can recognize how I drum—but at the same time there’s an insecurity that comes with it, and always wanting to get beyond it.”
At about 40 minutes, the drummer reminisces to the beginning of his iconic band’s career, to the good old days when Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke and the gang started playing together in school, eventually signing their first record deal. He goes back to their first US tour in 1993, after “Creep” became massive. “There was an expectation of where you’re supposed to be as a band and, you know, I don’t think our playing was quite there at the time,” he said.
Listen to the entire podcast here: