Atoms for Peace (band)
Atoms for Peace are an English-American experimental rock supergroup comprising Radiohead singer Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano), Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich (keyboards, synthesisers, guitars), drummer Joey Waronker of Beck and R.E.M., and percussionist Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark. Yorke formed the band in 2009 to perform songs from his debut solo album, The Eraser (2006). They released an album of original material, Amok, on February 25, 2013.
|Atoms for Peace|
Atoms for Peace performing in 2010
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Associated acts||Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ultraísta, Forro in the Dark|
In 2006, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke released his first solo album, The Eraser, comprising mostly electronic music. It was produced by longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. In 2009, to perform The Eraser live, Yorke recruited Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker of Beck and R.E.M., and percussionist Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark. He said: "It’s like opening a big Pandora's Box, and I don’t know what direction it’s going to go in. We’ve got these bonkers rhythms made by machines, and musicians who can keep up with them – no problem – and the two can bounce off each other. It’s quite something."
The band went unnamed for early performances, listed as "Thom Yorke" or "??????". In February 2010, they announced an American tour and a name, Atoms for Peace. The name is taken from a song from The Eraser, which in turn references a 1953 speech by American President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
After the tour ended, Atoms for Peace spent three days jamming and recording original material in Los Angeles. Yorke and Godrich edited and arranged the recordings from the sessions over two years, combining it with Yorke's electronic music; this became the band's debut album, Amok, released on February 25, 2013, through XL Recordings. The album was followed by a tour of Europe, the US and Japan. Answering a fan question on Reddit in 2013, Yorke wrote that determining whether new songs were for Radiohead or Atoms for Peace was "a grey area. Getting greyer. Obviously depends on who is being sampled."
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2012||"Other Lives"/"Tamer Animals"||—||—||—||—|
|2013||"Judge, Jury and Executioner"||—||—||43||—|
|"Before Your Very Eyes..."||—||—||61||—|
|2013||"Judge, Jury and Executioner"||Tarik Barri|
|"Before Your Very Eyes..."||Andrew Thomas Huang|
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