If you haven’t heard of Atoms For Peace you must have been living under a rock or in space for the last few years. Just in-case this applies to you then I will explain. They are the supergroup originally created by Thom Yorke of Radiohead, to tour his 2006 solo album The Eraser. The band played a small US tour in 2010 where they played the Coachella Festival, the only date outside of America played being the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. The band itself consists of Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker and long-time Radiohead collaborator and producer Nigel Godrich.
Since playing their final live date in Japan, all has been quiet with the band. That was until September 2011 when Thom Yorke confirmed that he was preparing an album by the band for release. Flea then also confirmed soon after in a separate interview that the band had recorded together and an album would be out soon. The album is expected to be released this year.
In April of this year Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich also performed a DJ set in LA using the name Atoms For Peace. At this DJ set they played several new songs, but it is still unclear whether these tracks were actual songs or remixes of Atoms for Peace songs. They also now have another DJ set lined up at MoMa PS1 in September. You can watch a video of the band performing Cymbal Rush from Fuji Rock Festival 2010 below.
Finally, earlier this month it was announced that the band would release its first music in the form of a 12” on Monkeytown Records, the label run by Modeselektor. This vinyl consists of a remix of the track Tamer Animals by Other Lives and on the B-side they have remixed their own song Other Side.
A1. Other Lives – Tamer Animals (Atoms For Peace Remix)
B1. Atoms For Peace – Other Side (Stuck Together Remix)
You can listen to samples of both the tracks below, and keep an eye out for the album which will hopefully be out soon, it’s sure to be an amazing piece of music.
Other Lives – Tamer Animals (Atoms For Peace Remix)
Atoms For Peace – Other Side (Stuck Together Remix)