By Scott T. Sterling

In a wide-ranging Rolling Stone interview regarding his new band Atoms for Peace, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke spoke out candidly on subjects including EDM, Amazon and a certain male pop crooner.

“Who the f**k is Bruno Mars?” Yorke said when discussing how Atoms for Peace’s debut album, Amok, entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2 behind Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox this past February. He added, “Sorry. I’ll get slandered now,”

“Bruno Mars had a special on Amazon. That’s why,” offered Yorke’s Atoms for Peace bandmate Nigel Godrich, referring to Unorthodox Jukebox being sold for only $1.99 during Amok‘s week of release. At that point, Mars’ album had been out for more than two months.

“Amazon f**ks with us every time,” Yorke added. “They undercut us. So really, it was No. 1.”

In more positive topics of discussion, Yorke and Godrich talked about recording in Los Angeles and hitting the L.A. club scene. Yorke raved about the electronic music party Low End Theory, calling it “f***ing mental. And such a good camaraderie with the people at the club, because they all know each other. It was really different, not what I was used to. It wasn’t super-clubby – it was just f***ing loud and f***ing fun, you know?”

Yorke, however, had a much harsher view on mainstream DJ culture and EDM. “If I’m brutally honest, 90 percent of that whole culture, I don’t get on with. I don’t understand it at all, and I find it really bonkers when, you know, like, a promoter in Ibiza is emailing us, saying, ‘Do you want to go?’ And I’m like, ‘No!’”

Revealing that Radiohead will be taking a break from the studio, Yorke said that there is no timetable for when the band will reconvene to make new music.

“We said a year, but I’m sure it’ll probably be slightly longer than that, ’cause I am actually going to have to have a break,” the singer said. “I really haven’t got a clue, which I quite like. We didn’t, like, say, ‘F*** you, I’ll see you whenever.’ But it was quite exciting to actually finally decide to take a proper, proper break. We’d never really done that, not by choice.”

While Radiohead is on hiatus, Atoms for Peace is preparing to embark on a world tour, which lands in America on September 24 when they play in Philadelphia, followed by shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles before jetting over to Japan for a string of dates in November.


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