Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien discusses the inspiration behind his debut solo album
Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien has been discussing the inspiration behind his debut solo album, Earth, which will be released under his new moniker of EOB.
O’Brien, who has worked with producer Flood and Alan Moulder on the record, created a prolific team made up Catherine Marks, Cecil Bartlett and “some of Willesden’s finest sound engineers” to help his entry to the world of solo music. O’Brien also reeled off a list of well-known names who have collaborated with him on the new material with the likes of Radiohead bandmate Colin Greenwood, Laura Marling, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, Portishead’s Adrian Utley and more all being cited.
Due out later this year, the Radiohead man explained that while his time in South America helped shape his vision for the new material, it was Primal Scream’s iconic third studio album Screamadelica that proved pivotal: “I was listening to a lot of music out there [in Brazil] and how it resonated, and I hadn’t heard this record in years, and I put it on every day in the middle of the Brazilian countryside, I’d have a brew, I’d have a cup of tea like a good British boy right, and I put this record on, and I heard ‘Movin on Up, and I got spine tingles,” O’Brien said in an interview with BBC 5 Live.
He added: “There’s something about this record, and I think it’s that, that whole thing that they did on that record, y’know, it was where the rave acid house culture had its, not first legitimate album, but it was an extraordinary body of work. That record was extraordinary, and it was just like ok, it’s this kind of record that I wanted to make and I think also lyrically on this song, it’s like that gospel thing, coming out of the darkness into the light and that again was something that really resonated.”
Given the change in surroundings for O’Brien, there’s an element of anxiety in his new work which sees him move from the side of the stage to front and centre behind the microphone: “I have this uncertainty with my voice, and I still do,” he explained. “I’ve had to very quickly become a lead singer…The only time I was nervous was when Laura Marling came in and we did a duet together, and she’s an extraordinary artist, and she came in for the afternoon and we did 6 takes of the track, the final track on the record, Cloak of the Night, and that was the only time I was really nervous…’
Listen to EOB’s single ‘Santa Teresa’ and find the full tour dates, below.
Ed O’Brien 2020 Tour Dates: 03/07 – London, UK @ BBC 6 Music Festival 05/26 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 05/27 — Chicago, IL @ Metro 05/29 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom 05/30 — Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre 05/31 — Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall 06/02 — Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre 06/04 — Boston, MA @ Royale 06/05 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel 06/06 — New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall 06/08 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer 06/11 — Washington, DC @ The 9:30 Club 06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival 06/15 — Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at the Ace Hotel 07/01 — Istanbul, TU @ PAC Jazz Festival 07/24 — Luzern, CH @ Blue Balls Festival 07/26 — Cheshire, UK @ Bluedot Festival 07/31-08/02 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival