In the months following the release of King of Limbs, Thom Yorke put together a (definitely not super) group, called Atoms For Peace to play some songs from The Eraser. I'm not going to educate you about the group and where they came from, however, they're as tight as a band who've played together for 20 years, and dare I say it, look like they're having fun too.


In Radiohead, Yorke has the privilege of being the sole front man, the focus of the public's attention. With Atoms For Peace it's different, he is sharing the stage with Flea, who spends the night peacocking around the stage like it's his own, getting in the face of his colleagues, pulling faces, and generally running the gig. The music is driven by his bass riffs.

However, maybe because of the competition, it appears to bring out the best in Yorke. He seemed to genuinely enjoy himself. Yeah, dancing around the stage like your dad at a wedding whilst having a seizure is nothing new for Yorke, but there was an extra spring in his step as he joked with the crowd and smiled with his band mates.

The difference between what you hear on record and what you hear on a hot summers night in Camden are noticeable. Having two percussionists is inspired. Joey Waronker takes responsibility for putting down the electro beats from The Eraser and Amok, whilst Mauro Refosco takes on the role of adding rhythms - adding a layer that doesn't come through on the record. The songs come out like remixes, beefed up for a live crowd and to get people moving.


Yorke has never shied away from an impressive light show, and tonight was no different. Neon tubes ran across the stage, looking like a heart monitor as the lights run through.

The show's highlight was 'Harrowdown Hill', as the previous seven songs all seemed to build towards it. The pulsating bass is given extra volume by Flea, whilst Yorke belted it out like it was the last song he might ever get the chance to perform. The lights, all blues and greens with added strobes, were blinding. It was ferocious, and everything music should be. It was a credit that the rest of the set didn't pale into comparison.

The only disappointment was the encore, and I am really being picky. After playing most of Amok they started the first encore with Thom Yorke rarities that struggled with the full band treatment. Though it was a nice, albeit odd, touch with Flea doing the spoken word from 'Rabbit In Your Headlights' (an Unkle cover that featured Thom Yorke). The second encore featured 'Paperbag Writer', a Radiohead B-side from the Hail to the Thief era, which was dedicated to Colin and Phil from the band (who I was stood next to), and a few more such as 'Black Swan'. Colin looked suitably impressed with the show.

And quite rightly so. Musically and visually it was an absolute treat.