If you ever get a chance to talk about Atoms for Peace project in front of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, you better make sure not to call them a supergroup.
In a recent exclusive Rolling Stone Q&A, the singer discussed his latest band with producer/keyboard player Nigel Godrich, jokingly threatening he'll "f--ing knock the teeth out" of anyone using the term supergroup to describe them.
"If anyone ever says it to my face, I'm going to f--ing knock their teeth out," the vocalist said.
Apart from Yorke and Godrich, the group consists of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, percussionist Mauro Refosco and drummer Joey Waronker of R.E.M. and Beck. After officially releasing their debut album "Amok" in February, the five-piece is set to embark on a US tour this September.
Speaking of their debut release, the pair has also discussed the highly successful No. 2 debut on The Billboard 200 chart. According to Godrich, it could have been an easy No. 1 peak, but the Bruno Mars special on Amazon caused them to drop from the top, with Yorke giving a snarky comment of his own.
"Yeah, Bruno Mars. Who the f--k is Bruno Mars? Sorry. I'll get slandered now. Amazon f--s with us every time. They undercut us."
The singer went on to describe the remainder of the band as "super-fast and technically frighteningly good," singling out Flea as the most energetic one.
"They're super-fast and technically just frighteningly good. It's quite a lot of energy I mean, obviously, Flea's very energetic, but the others are, too, in their own particular ways. When we play, it's quite in-your-face. And there's a lot of looking to me for direction, which I'm not used to. Well, I am, sort of. [Both crack up laughing.]"
Yorke has also revealed working on new material, describing it as more simple, basic electronic music.
"At the moment, I'm writing things which are more electronic again, really simple, really stripped down," he said. "And I'm wondering how that's going to work."
As far as the new Radiohead material goes, not much is known at the moment, as the frontman has recently admitted frequently thinking about disbanding the group, despite the bassist Colin Greenwood saying that Radiohead are ready to enter the studio.