It’s always good to wake up in the morning and find out Radiohead have released a new song! The greatest band on Earth (cue comment conflicts) were inspired by famed British WWI vet Harry Patch who passed away last week at the ripe age of 111. Patch spoke out against war after a horrifying experience during his service in WWI, which included a role in the bloody 1917 battle of Passchendaele in Belgium where 300,000 British troops died.
As for the song itself, Thom Yorke utilizes his beautiful crooning in lines like, “I am the only one that got through / The others died where ever they fell… I’ve seen devils coming up from the ground / I’ve seen hell upon this earth”. Yorke also pays homage to the outspoken vet by lifting a quote from a famous 2005 interview with Patch, who refused to talk about WWI for 80 years: “The next world war will be chemical, but they will never learn.” Greenwood, on the other hand, orchestrates a multitude of string laden movements matching that epic cinematic feel present on his There Will Be Blood score.