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Radio’s Dead: 7 Local Bands Pay Tribute to Radiohead Leader

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Christian Miranda (guitar, Bright Like the Sun): Both Chris (Etheredge, guitar, keyboards) and I can sing, so we’re looking forward to getting some songs with challenging vocal parts to show everyone that we’re not just straight instrumentalists.

Long: I wanted to do “Lotus Flower” because I wanted people to wonder how we’d pull it off with guitar and drums. I wanted the challenge of the later, electronic stuff.

Have you ever had a dream with Thom Yorke in it?

Long: It was based on that one music video, I think it’s “Lotus Flower,” where he’s just dancing the whole time. Except it was me who was dancing in front of a mirror as Thom Yorke. And [Lonely Horse drummer] Travis [Hild] was also Thom Yorke, and a few other people in it were Thom Yorke. It was a weird-ass dream.

Maddin: I dreamed that I went to see them in The Woodlands (which is true), but that they knew me, and we were all hanging out. But it was kind of apocalyptic. I think it involved flying, too. Maybe Thom Yorke and I were holding hands and flying.

Fernández: Mine’s more of a daydream, but after I saw them live, I had dreams that I would get pulled backstage and end up talking with Thom and Jonny about [our] philosophies of life.

What's the toughest thing about performing these songs?

Maddin: The hardest thing for me is getting some of the notes that are in between notes. Jonny Greenwood is such a fan of the atonal, where you listen to something and [are] like, “What key was that in?” And Thom’s just got one of my favorite voices. Probably my favorite voice. The best voice for sure.

Miranda: Being an instrumental post-rock band, we play with a lot of fermata and crescendo. So does Radiohead to an extent, but they also have verse-chorus-verse, which is different for us.

Long: It’s going to be more exciting than ... a challenge. When you cover a song, you should make it your own depending on how the song makes you feel. I think his lyrics are very important, and my approach is going to be to emphasize those lyrics, and sing them with a little bit of my own soul in it.

If you could form a super-band with Thom Yorke and anyone else, who'd be in it?

Miranda: I’d definitely want Jim Ward (Sparta, At the Drive-In), Tony Allen (drummer for Fela Kuti), and [John Stirratt], bassist from Wilco.

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