Artist of the week: Radiohead
Yes, they have sold more than 30 million records worldwide in the last three decades. Yes, they are still considered today one of the greatest guitar bands that ever roamed the earth. Yes, they have incorporated throughout the years in their sound not only krautrock and jazz, but also electronic, ambient and 20th-century classical music. Yes, somewhere in the turn of the millennium they have become a touchstone for everything that is intrepid and audacious in rock. Yes, they are the only band in the last 25 years that has been as influent as David Bowie, Pink Floyd or Talking Heads. Yes, they have revolutionized the way records are promoted, self-releasing with little advance their last three albums. Yes, they have done all this since the beggining with the same line-up (Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Colin Greenwood and Phil Selway) and, since 1994, with the same producer (Nigel Godrich) and graphic designer (Stanley Donwood). Yes, they are Radiohead.
One only needs to pay attention to the way a global audience has followed the band’s social media dynamics in the last weeks to realize that Radiohead have also managed to globally induce the same level of fascination in a new generation of digital natives that probably never had before the chance to witness, as fans, the release of a new album. Things have changed now. After much waiting, rumoring and teasing, A Moon Shaped Pool is finally out and now millions of hearts will have their beats subduedly affected by it.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.