Radiohead at Key Arena was a hallowed pontoon. A languid plasmic canopy was hoisted. Dual drummers Phil Selway and Clive Deamer stitched and sutured out beat foundations the band gravitated around. Curvature of the songs and the lights cycled like DNA. Striated. Vine like. Variegated. A languid pinpoint hive stuttered and routed through sequencers Johnny Greenwood occasionally looped and inverted. Sound was somewhat muddy in the beginning but was slowly dialed in. The full house Seattle crowd was swept up and in. Completely responsive. The thousands didn’t seem like thousands.
Thom Yorke is a funny bunny, living in the utterly beautiful delivery of his tones. Songs where he’s not playing an instrument dangle him like a puppet, causing spastic hops and gesticulations. Yorke is somehow old and young simultaneously. A marble bust/fetus, existing outside age, but inside the amniotic sack of the sound, connected to the mother by his umbilical in ear monitor chords.
“Morning Mr. Magpie” as a highlight tore out of Selway and Deamer’s conjoined four-armed ligament like they were sending a message on a telegraph machine. Starting the second encore was another highlight, “Give Up the Ghost,” with Yorke and Greenwood alone onstage tranquilizing the horde.
A gracious, nimble Clive Deamer spoke briefly afterward draped in a comfortable-looking cardigan. We talked about psychiatric nursing care in England, Skrillex hair do’s, and Seattle’s in progress Proton Therapy Center at Northwest Hospital. He confirmed that Johnny Greenwood had injured his thumb and that it was causing him some problems, prompting the band to skip certain songs. He also talked about the immense backdrop of LED lights behind the band onstage. The LED’s are inside plastic water bottles, not light bulbs. He said it was like being inside DNA. Or maybe I said it looked like being inside DNA. The band had a long drive to San Jose ahead of them. He bid adieu, and was off to retire to his bunk inside the mobile fortress of the Radiohead bus.
More pictures and the set list after the jump.
Bloom 15 Step Airbag Little by Little Myxomatosis The Gloaming Morning Mr. Magpie Pyramid Song The Daily Mail These Are My Twisted Words Nude Identikit Lotus Flower There There Feral Idioteque
Encore: How to Disappear Completely Weird Fishes/Arpeggi You and Whose Army? Lucky
Encore: Give Up the Ghost Reckoner Everything In Its Right Place