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The Smile Share First New Song Of 2023 Bending Hectic

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Alex Lake

The Smile — Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood with drummer Tom Skinner — have returned with their first new release of 2023.

Recorded at London's famous Abbey Road Studios earlier this year, the eight-minute Bending Hectic was produced by Sam Petts-Davies, and features rich string arrangements by the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Slow-building through gently picked string melodies to reverb-laden rock, the song was initially previewed during the trio's performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2022, though they didn't include it on the accompanying live album, 'The Smile At Montreux Jazz Festival'.

The band are currently working on the follow-up to their 2022 debut LP, 'A Light For Attracting Attention'. They have a run of North American shows in the diary for June and July, which includes a headline appearance at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, Canada.

The Smile Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun June 25 2023 - AUSTIN Texas - ACL Live At The Moody Theater (USA)
Mon June 26 2023 - AUSTIN Texas - ACL Live At The Moody Theater (USA)
Thu June 29 2023 - MIAMI Florida - James L Knight Center (USA)
Fri June 30 2023 - SAINT AUGUSTINE Florida - St. Augustine Amphitheatre (USA)
Sun July 02 2023 - NORTH CHARLESTON South Carolina - North Charleston Performing Arts Center (USA)
Mon July 03 2023 - ASHEVILLE North Carolina - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at Harrah's Cherokee Center (USA)
Wed July 05 2023 - RICHMOND Virginia - National - VA (USA)
Fri July 07 2023 - NEW YORK New York - Forest Hills Stadium (USA)
Sat July 08 2023 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Franklin Music Hall (USA)
Mon July 10 2023 - PITTSBURGH Pennsylvania - Stage AE (USA)
Tue July 11 2023 - CLEVELAND Ohio - Agora Theatre (USA)
Sat July 15 2023 - LAVAL Quebec - Place Bell (Canada)
Sun July 16 2023 - OTTAWA Ontario - Lebreton Flats (Canada)
Wed July 19 2023 - KANSAS CITY Missouri - Midland Theatre - MO (USA)
Thu July 20 2023 - CHESTERFIELD Missouri - Factory - Chesterfield (USA)

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