Radiohead / Atoms for Peace man Thom Yorke has released a new single, ‘Youwouldn’tlikemewheni’mangry’.
It’s available on a pay-what-you-want basis on Yorke’s Bandcamp – you can stream or buy it below. Yorke has also put this year’s album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, initially released in September via a BitTorrent bundle, on his Bandcamp.
Writing on Twitter, Yorke refers to this process as “continuing [his] experiment (kind of”) with different release mediums. Good chance to revisit FACT’s 2013 interview with Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.
Listen to Thom Yorke´s new single
Yorke has been outspoken on various contemporary political and social issues. Radiohead had read No Logo by Naomi Klein during the Kid A sessions (“No Logo” was also briefly considered as the album title) and all the members were reportedly heavily influenced by it, though Yorke said it “didn’t teach him anything he didn’t already know”. Yorke’s activism in support of fair trade practices, with an anti-WTO and anti-globalisation stance, garnered significant attention in the early 2000s. Yorke had previously referenced maquiladoras in the title of a Radiohead B-side in 1995, and decried the International Monetary Fund in 1997’s “Electioneering”. Yorke is also a professed fan of Noam Chomsky‘s political writings, and is a vegetarian.
Yorke is also notable as a political activist on behalf of human rights, environmentalist and anti-war causes including Jubilee 2000, Amnesty International and CND, the Green Party of England and Wales, and Friends of the Earth‘s Big Ask campaign. Radiohead played at the Free Tibet concert in both 1998 and 1999, and at an Amnesty International concert in 1998. In 2005, Yorke performed at an all-night vigil for the Trade Justice Movement.In 2006, Jonny Greenwood and Yorke performed a special benefit concert for Friends of the Earth. Yorke made headlines the same year for refusing prime minister Tony Blair‘s request to meet with him to discuss climate change, declaring Blair had “no environmental credentials”. Yorke has subsequently been critical of his own energy use. He has said the music industry’s use of air transport is dangerous and unsustainable, and that he would consider not touring if new carbon emissions standards do not force the situation to improve. Radiohead commissioned a study by the group Best Foot Forward which the band claims helped them choose venues and transport methods that will greatly reduce the carbon expended on their 2008 tour. The band also made use of a new low-energy LED lighting system and encouraged festivals to offer reusable plastics.
In December 2009, Yorke gained access to the COP 15 climate change talks in Copenhagen, posing as a member of the media. In the same year he lent his support to the10:10 project, a movement encouraging people to take positive action on climate change by reducing their carbon emissions