Atoms for Peace (band)
Atoms for Peace are an English-American 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, Amok, in February 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. Two years later, Yorke called Godrich saying he had become "obsessed" with the idea of performing The Eraser live, and wanted to reproduce the electronic beats with Latin percussion. In 2009, Yorke formed a band with 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. Yorke said: "God love 'em but I've been playing with [Radiohead] since I was 16, and to do this was quite a trip ... It felt like we'd knocked a hole in a wall, and we should just fucking go through it."
The band went unnamed for early performances, billed as "Thom Yorke" or "??????". In February 2010, they announced an American tour and the name Atoms for Peace. The name is taken from a song title from The Eraser, which in turn references a 1953 speech by American President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
After the tour, Atoms for Peace spent three days jamming and recording in Los Angeles. Yorke and Godrich edited and arranged the recordings over two years, combining it with Yorke's electronic music. This became the debut Atoms for Peace 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." Atoms for Peace reunited without Refosco to perform "Atoms for Peace" during one show of Yorke's 2018 solo tour.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|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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