The Smile, a new music group consisting of Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, made their San Francisco Bay Area debut at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Promoting their first full-length album A Light for Attracting Attention, the three-piece ensemble introduced themselves to an eager sold out crowd on Sunday night. Jazz drummer Tom Skinner rounds out the lineup.
After a quick introduction from Yorke “…we are The Smile. Nice to meet you”, Radiohead multi-instrumentalist and film composer Greenwood sat down to the piano and began “The Same”.
The band brought a 2-hour set… impressive, considering their debut album was only released earlier this year. The Smile has been unique in their ability to write songs quickly and have new tunes ready for performance. A handful of the 19-song set list were new compositions, and also includes was “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses”, which is considered a Thom Yorke track (even though the lyric has been kicking around in Radiohead sets for years).
Naturally, a group of such seasoned musicians sounded excellent, and some of the nights highlights included “We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings” and “Pana-Vision”… the latter of which featured saxophonist/soundscape-ist (and opening act) Robert Stillman.
With only a couple of shows left on the North America tour, it is highly suggested that you purchase a ticket (if you can). Radiohead fans should be quite pleased.
Photo gallery below by Clay Lancaster (claylancaster.com)