"Harrowdown Hill" by Thom Yorke + (then unnamed) Atoms For Peace @ LA's Echoplex in October
When the current lineup for Radiohead front man Thom Yorke's "other band" first played last October at LA's Echoplex they didn't have an official name. People then were referring to them as "Thom Yorke and Friends" or as the "Thom Yorke and Flea side project" band. In fact, when the lineup for this year's Coachella Festival (April 16, 17, 18 in Indio CA) at which they are one of the main attractions on the closing day, was initially announced, they were simply billed under the name ????. Consisting of Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, producer Nigel Godrich on keyboards, and session percussionists Joey
Waronker and Mauro Refosco, the group, under Yorke's orchestration, has settled on the band name Atoms For Peace. However the Coachella website currently lists the band simply as "Thom Yorke," no doubt for easier recognition & less confusion.
Thom Yorke "Atoms For Peace" (2006)
Atoms For Peace formed only recently, and played songs from Yorke's 2006 solo album The Eraser in LA in early October. So far they do not have official plans for a new band release, although making one after this tour is very likely. The band takes its name from the title of a song off The Eraser album. However the phrase or term "Atoms for Peace" dates back several decades in US history. It was the title of a speech by US president Dwight Eisenhower from 1953 when he announced plans to distribute tools to generate nuclear energy. That program became known as Atoms for Peace.
Before the band Atoms For Peace arrive in Indio, CA for the Coachella festival they will have played eight (already sold out) dates across the US (with another Coachella act, Flying Lotus, as the opener) over a two and half week period that is scheduled to kick off in NYC on Monday for two nights (April 5 &6) at the Roseland Ballroom, then travel up to Boston & Chicago before heading west to Cali for two dates at Oakland's Fox Theater, one night at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and then out to the desert for the final date of the brief tour at Coachella Festival on April 18th. The tickets for the eight concert dates, which went on sale March 5th, not surprisingly sold out fast but, as is usually the case with in-demand shows, there are always last minute tickets available if you are willing to pony up the cash. But rather than pay scalper inflated prices for an individual concert, it makes more sense, schedules allowing and if you are already in California, to buy a ticket to Coachella (Festival pass $269) to see Yorke plus a zillion other killer acts play. Of course, even better would be to try to win free Coachella tix care of Amoeba Music. Click here for your chance to win.
Thom Yorke "The Eraser" (2006)