Atoms For Peace
October 2, 2013
Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of witnessing a live Atoms For Peace performance for the second time in my life. The first time I had the pleasure of seeing this rare supergroup perform was at Coachella in 2010. Fellow LxL’er Wes and I were lucky enough to land spots right next to Jay and B (seriously) near the sound stage and were gifted a performance of a lifetime. One that I thought I would never have the opportunity to see again. Luckily, that would not be the case, and after haggling my way into a cheap general admission floor seat, I was gifted that opportunity once again.
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Atoms for Peace
Atoms for Peace started very differently than many supergroups: on tour. The project started when Thom Yorke, frontman of Radiohead, released a sparse electronic solo album called The Eraser all the way back in 2006. In 2009, Yorke got the idea to tour the album he created mostly with his laptop with a live, organic band to bring it fully to life. Thom Yorke assembled a heavily percussive band in Flea (bass) of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joey Waronker (drums) of Beck and numerous other alt-rock projects, Mauro Refosco (percussionist) of Forro In The Dark, and legendary Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich (programming, producer) to make this mostly synthesized, glitchy album full-bodied and warm-blooded. The nameless band debuted The Eraser and some fresh material live at the EchoPlex in L.A. in October 2009, and something really sparked with this all-star lineup. A full-blown U.S. tour would follow in 2010, as well as deciding on a name for the band in Atoms for Peace, coming from the Eraser song of the same name. Now, four years since its conception, the band releases their debut album in Amok, which many will call a followup to Thom Yorke’s The Eraser, but is a sound entirely new bringing the strengths of each member to bear.
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After about three years of speculation, Atoms for Peace, Thom Yorke’s other band not named Radiohead, released album details yesterday, and 2/3rds of LxL couldn’t be more excited about it. I say 2/3rds because Austin is luke-warm on Radiohead and Thom Yorke, but Todd and I both saw Atoms for Peace a few years ago alongside Jay-Z and Beyonce (another story for another time) and were blown away. For the uninitiated, Atoms for Peace consists of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, renowned producer Nigel Godrich, Beck drummer Joey Waronker, and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco. Not a bad group of musicians to say the least.
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