Jonny Greenwood and what the future holds for Radiohead

Jonny Greenwood and what the future holds for Radiohead

In a new interview with the Guardian, Radiohead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood shared the band's future prospects with the public.

Currently involved in the project The Smile together with his partner Thom Yorke and the jazz drummer Tom Skinner, member of Sons of Kemet and Melt Yourself Down, during the chat Greenwood spoke about what in his opinion the future holds for the Oxford band, the whose ninth and most recent studio album, “A moon shaped pool”, was released in 2016.

“So, The Smile are on tour, Ed (O'Brien) is making another solo record, Colin (Greenwood) is playing bass with Nick Cave – they've just done five sold-out nights at the Sydney Opera House. So, it's done a lot of music”, explains the guitarist and keyboardist, before underlining that all the members of the group are currently busy, “just not with Radiohead”. He added, speaking from his home studio in Oxfordshire:

“We talk to each other all the time, we just need to make a plan and organize some time together in advance. I've never been very good at that, I'm always too busy messing around in this studio.”

The occasion for the interview for the “Guardian” was given by the 8-hour organ work he composed, entitled “268 Years Of Reverb” and which will be performed for the first time on May 18th at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

The church organ is an instrument that Greenwood discovered relatively recently, visiting the Marche, the Italian region where the musician lives with his wife and three children when he is not in Oxfordshire. After the 2016 earthquake Jonny contributed as a volunteer to the reconstruction works, and became friends with the mayor of a town who took him around to visit the churches in the area.

“There were many ancient organs that needed to be restored. I was given the opportunity to play some of these extraordinary medieval instruments, whose internal mechanisms are incredibly complex, and are capable of meeting the challenges of synthesizing, sampling and sound reproduction with which we are confronted today.”

With Yorke and Skinner, however, last January Greenwood released the new album by The Smile, “Wall of eyes” (read our review here), which will also be presented live by the group in Italy for three concerts scheduled for next year June.