Alt-J: 'We Are Doing Better Than Radiohead!'

Band joke about the comparisons they get to Thom Yorke et al.

Alt-J: 'We Are Doing Better Than Radiohead!'
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Alt-J have joked that they're better than Radiohead, saying that their first recordings are better than the Oxford band's early efforts. Speaking to NME, the Mercury nominated act, who are routinely called "the new Radiohead", said that when Radiohead first started out under the name On A Friday they were "really f---ing bad" and they're confident that their album "An Awesome Wave" is better. Talking about the comparisons, singer Joe Newman said: "Have you heard their very first thing, when they were called On A Friday? It's really f---ing bad." To which keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton replied: "We're doing better than Radiohead!" Speaking about the his theory for why the bands get compared to one another so often, Unger-Hamilton added: "I suppose it's that we're vaguely clever and posh." Newman was more self-effacing, saying: "Our party line is that they've got a career and we've released one album. They've consistently released amazingly progressive ideas throughout each album. That's not something we should be compared to because we've only got one - our shelf life compared to them is a blink of an eye. They're a fantastic band that we all enjoy, so we've undoubtedly been influenced by them in some way. But to be compared to them is a bit premature." Alt-J were recently covered by Mumford and Sons during the band's Radio 1 Live Lounge session. The folk band covering their track "Tesselate", a favour Alt-J say they are keen to return at some point in the future.

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    scarabs
    i don't think it's really fair to headline an article with comment that a sarcastic joke
    Kueller917
    It said they joked, I don't see the big deal here. Anyways I'd say they are doing better than Radiohead right now when comparing timelines . Alt-J's debut was pretty good. Radiohead is one of my favorite bands but I thought Pablo Honey was terrible, and not just in comparison to their other albums.
    Redfinton22
    It's just funny because this is the first I have ever heard about this band. So no matter how many albums they make in their career they will always be that band that was "doing better than Radiohead" to me haha
    District
    Well that keyboardist seems like an arrogant douche from the article.
    Chickendirt
    "Our party line is that they've got a career and we've released one album. They've consistently released amazingly progressive ideas throughout each album. That's not something we should be compared to because we've only got one - our shelf life compared to them is a blink of an eye. They're a fantastic band that we all enjoy, so we've undoubtedly been influenced by them in some way. But to be compared to them is a bit premature." damn look at that arrogance in that comment. There's no humility in that whatsoever...wake up to yourself you muppet
    yoman297
    I'm sure UG or whoever originally published the words is twisting them...
    Rimfrost
    Except for the bands that sound like Tool, such as Klone and several others.