Radiohead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood spoke with BBC 6 Music journalist Matt Everitt about the band’s ongoing world tour, the making of A Moon Shaped Pool and recording a theme for the latest James Bond film, according to a post on the BBC’s website.
Radiohead’s grueling creative process appears to be a common thread across these topics. Greenwood suggested that the band originally hoped to have a 120 song repertoire for this year’s live performances. “It’s crazy,” he noted. “I mean, it’s every song we’ve done. And then we gave up and realized that was stupid and got it down to about 60 or 70.”
The group brought the same intensity to the sessions for A Moon Shaped Pool, Greenwood said. “We recorded ‘No Surprises’ and then worried about it, then we recorded it again, because it didn’t sound very good. And then we recorded it again. And then went back to the very first recording and released it.”
“It’s tortuous in that way,” said Greenwood. “It’s not like you’re sitting looking for a kick drum sound for two weeks; it’s more effort than that. More hitting brick walls over and over again.” The band hit a different sort of wall with its James Bond movie theme. “The song we did was just too dark” for the film.
Greenwood ended the conversation on a positive note. “I think we’re appreciating being in a band with each other in the moment and enjoying the sound that we put across,” he said. “So it’s a very happy time, yes. What can I say? There’s nothing to complain about really!”
BBC 6 will broadcast the conversation in full on June 19th.