@ZackTeibloom You’ll notice two things from seeing Atoms for Peace live. The first is that Flea makes everything better. Eraser is a strong album, but I feared it could be too slow for a live festival setting. Not with Flea. The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist pumps new life into the album. The second thing you’ll notice is that Thom Yorke and Flea were born to play together. They’re mirrors of each other.
Flea moves with his basslines. Thom moves with the beat in his head. Only when he was at the piano did he ever stop moving. Thom bops around like a retarded muppet. Flea thumps around like an injured velociraptor. Nothing against their dancing. It’s endearing, but eerily similar. Most importantly though, Flea adds a layer to Thom’s music that he’s never had with Radiohead. He adds the trademark Flea funky slap bass sound you’re used to and revitalizes it. Eraser sounded better than ever, but the new tracks are just as exciting.
Thom Yorke dances a lot with this band…try not to smile
Andy and I had the same thought as soon as we saw Flea and Thom together. They dance the same. They act the same. What took so long for this pairing to happen? Oh, right. They were in RHCP and Radiohead all these years. Well, it’s perfect. Phone service was spotty, so we both texted our tweets at the same time without being able to see what each other wrote. Andy said they were kindred spirits. I said they were long lost brothers. We both said they were born to play together.
“Everything in its Right Place”
I can’t wait to see how this band grows together if they’re given the opportunity. RHCP replaced Frusciante and Radiohead will likely be back in the studio ASAP, but there’s something special here. It’s more than dancing. It’s more than Flea making everything he touches funkier. The band is tight. My crashing buddies liked it more than Radiohead. I wouldn’t go that far. I’d call them the best “band” this weekend though. And that’s saying something for a side project.
Setlist for Atoms for Peace at Coachella
Atoms For Peace
And It Rained All Night
new song (Thom solo)
Airbag (Thom solo)
Everything In Its Right Place (Thom solo)
Judge, Jury and Executioner
The Hollow Earth
Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses