As if Atoms For Peace's Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich's performance tonight at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan could get anymore excitement around it, Thom blew the roof off the hype with an interview for Rolling Stone today. "Originally, we were just going to DJ and not play any of our shit, then we got carried away."
That seems to be the case as Thom said the duo plans to chop up and break down tracks from Atoms For Peace's spellbinding AMOK and Yorke's 2006 excellent and Godrich-produced solo effort The Eraser, and reconstitute them with live vocals and guitar and drum tracks.
"We've basically just cut everything up into its constituent parts. We'll try to re-cut the tunes live, mixing in loads of other bits and pieces and collaging stuff together. I sing – but I felt kind of weird about that to begin with, because it's quite this weird mixture it's like fucking karaoke or something! But it's not, because it's all this other stuff as well, and I have my own machines, like a drum machine and a vocal looper. It's interesting – singing, trying to remember words and programming a drum machine at the same exact time. It's kind of tricky."
All this sounds amazing, espcially when you consider that German artist Tarick Barri will be providing visuals that Yorke scientifically describes as "Fucking bonkers," adding,"it's not like anything you've seen. "It's just really exciting," adds Yorke, "I have so many half-formed beats and stuff like that, and you can just throw it all together. It's a really creative thing, and we're still trying to figure it out. It's quite free-form."
Tickets for this amazing sounding event are obviously sold out, but check back here tomorrow for updates on how the set went.