Published Mar 12, 2009Good news Radiohead fans: the band are finally looking past In Rainbows. According to guitar man Ed O'Brien, the group have begun working on new material and are set to re-enter the studio, as well as launch an upcoming summer tour.
"We are working on new material," O'Brien told BBC's Newsbeat. "We'll be doing some more recording. It's business as usual. We've sort of finished the bulk of [In Rainbows's] touring. We will be doing a little bit of touring in the summer, watch this space!"
O'Brien didn't provide any more details than that about Radiohead's future plan but did go into much more detail about the band's involvement in the Featured Artists' Coalition (FAC), a UK lobby group that also includes Billy Bragg, Dave Rowntree (Blur), and Kate Nash that intends to "stand up for all artists by engaging with government, music and technology companies, and collection societies, arguing for fair play and, where necessary, exposing unfair practices."
O'Brien said: "At the moment, a lot of rights and revenue streams are being carved up in this new era and I think it's really important that we're in there fighting [for] our corner. Radiohead signed very traditional record company contracts, and it was exactly what we wanted to do at the time and there's no bitterness, but I think there's an inherent feeling that they're just a bit old school.
"There are some bigger names here but the whole essence of what we're trying to do is really largely aimed at, and for the benefit of, the younger musician, the people coming into the music industry for the first time."
You can read more about FAC at the group's website.
And no, Miley Cyrus did not come up in the interview.