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Radiohead drummer hints the band will produce more music soon

Published 04/09/2015

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway hinted the band will produce more music soon
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway hinted the band will produce more music soon

Radiohead star Phil Selway has teased the possibility of a release from the award-winning band, their first since album The King Of Limbs back in 2011.

Speaking to the Press Association about 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, the drummer hinted that he and fellow bandmates Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood and Ed O'Brien will produce more music soon.

"We're back into it," he revealed. "We've got quite a busy autumn coming up. We want to finish a record and that's where we're at. We're just launching ourselves into it."

Far from being annoyed by the question, Selway is pleased: "Being asked about Radiohead never becomes a tiresome question; the fact that people are still interested, that can only be a wonderful thing."

The 48-year-old drummer and New Order's Stephen Morris will guest on Guy Garvey's Finest Hour, the Elbow frontman's weekly BBC Radio 6 Music show.

The three musicians will be celebrating the unique relationship between music and literature with a live outside broadcast from Manchester Central Library on Sunday, from 2-4pm.

Selway expanded on the link: "When you're creating an album, you try and create a world that you can lose yourself in and I think that's what I take from literature - there's this whole world that you're living in, those characters and places are three-dimensional for you. It can alter your perception in a very positive way."

On the subject of libraries, he said: "They go with you during various phases of your life - from being a student to becoming a parent. If you have kids, having somewhere where you can go, where you can find that breadth of literature and equality of access is so important."

During the show, a special gift of a drum kit will be presented to Manchester Central Library to mark the tragic passing of Scott Johnson, Radiohead's drum technician from Doncaster who died in 2012 when part of the stage fell on him as he was helping set up a Radiohead gig in Canada.

Selway paid tribute to the late 33-year-old: "He was very calm, he was very generous and he was very funny. When you're on tour, you spend so much time together and to be with somebody whose company you enjoy that much is worth its weight in gold. When they're not there anymore, you feel that very keenly."

There will also be an interview with singer-songwriter Jim James from My Morning Jacket, a live acoustic performance by American rock band Heartless Bastards and Garvey will receive a lesson in the art of drumming from Selway and Morris.

Listeners can tweet their recommended read along with a supporting soundtrack to #6MusicCelebratesLibraries

"It's going to be live," Selway said. "There'll be a lot of different, exciting elements which are being pulled together, a frisson of energy. I can think of no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon."

Guy Garvey's Finest Hour airs Sunday on BBC Radio 6 Music.

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