Thom Yorke fronts Atoms for Peace (Created 10/3/13)
Once a nameless lineup, Atoms for Peace made its debut at the Los Angeles, California Echoplex back on October 2, 2009. But it didn't take long for this merry band of musicians -- and their top tier of talent – to grab the attention of the music industry.
Chances are, you've heard of the names that make up Atoms of Peace even if you haven't heard of the actual band. That's because it's fronted by Thom Yorke, who is joined by longtime Radiohead associate Nigel Godrich, Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) as well as session veterans Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. Their first live performance covered all of Yorke's 2006 album "The Eraser," along with some original material.
It took a brief tour across the U.S., not to mention an appearance at Coachella, for the band to christen itself "Atoms for Peace" in 2010. The name was inspired by a track from "The Eraser" after a 1953 speech by then-U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The first true single, "Default," was issued in November 2012, in support of the album "Amok," which bowed in February 2013.
Atoms for Peace is continually hailed for its live shows, which often contain nonstop, unsynchronized dance moves from Yorke and Flea. There are also sustained tones on the keyboards, picking patterns on guitar that hint at African rock and use of Brazilian instruments like the surdo and the berimbau. If anything, it's not just a sight to behold but also certainly one not to be missed.
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It’s been a couple years since Radiohead went on its current hiatus. In that time, the guys have busied themselves with various side projects — frontman Thom York’s other band, Atoms for Peace, released an album and is currently touring; drummer Phil Selway put together his second solo album which is just about to drop;…Read more
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