Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil Selway (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals). They have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994.
Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001) marked a dramatic evolution in Radiohead’s style, as they incorporated experimental electronic music, krautrock and jazz influences. Hail to the Thief (2003), a mix of piano and guitar rock, electronics, and lyrics inspired by war, was the band’s final album for their record label, EMI. Radiohead self-released their seventh album In Rainbows (2007) as a download for which customers could set their own price, to critical and chart success. Their eighth album, The King of Limbs (2011), was an exploration of rhythm and quieter textures, and was also self-released.
It was written for the James Bond film of the same name, but went unused; according to Yorke, “It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.”In March, Radiohead announced a world tour from May to October 2016, with dates in Europe, North America, and Japan. Later that month, cover artist Stanley Donwood suggested that he and the band had been working in southern France and that the next album was “not yet” finished.