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Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood’s The Smile share cryptic new clip

Fans suspect the band's first album could be coming soon

By Hollie Geraghty

black-and-white press shot of The Smile – aka Tom Skinner, Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke
Tom Skinner, Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke's The Smile, 2022. CREDIT: Alex Lake/Press

The Smile have shared a crypto new clip on social media, suggesting new music might be coming soon.

The band, comprising Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood alongside Sons Of Kemet’s Tom Skinner, posted a 22-second video of the ‘The Smile’ being pressed on a printing press.

It was captioned with a clock emoji but no further context, though fans have speculated it may signal the arrival of their debut album.

You can watch the clip below.

In January, the group released their second single, ‘The Smoke’, which followed their debut, ‘You Will Never Work In Television Again‘.

In December Yorke also performed ‘Free In The Knowledge’ live, an unreleased The Smile song that was only previously heard during a rehearsal broadcast on Instagram.

Last month they followed their debut live gigs with news of a further run of shows in May. They will kick off in Europe, with four UK shows including two at London’s Roundhouse. Tickets can be purchased here.

Yorke and Greenwood have also scored original music for the final season of ‘Peaky Blinders’. Director Anthony Bryne told NME that he was “over the moon” about their contribution.

“The music has always been really important historically, and I was really keen to bring a dramatic score into it. We’re using that much more in this season. It’s a much heavier season so the score is taking things in a very different direction.”

You can find The Smile’s full tour schedule below.

MAY 2022
16 – Zagreb, Hala
17 – Vienna, Gasometer
19 – Prague, Forum Karlin
20 – Berlin, Tempodrom
23 – Stockholm, Cirkus
24 – Oslo, Sentrum Scene
27 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
29 – London, Roundhouse
30 – London, Roundhouse

JUNE 2022
1 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
2 – Manchester, Albert Hall
4 – Lille, L’Aéronef
6 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris
7 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris
8 – Lyon, Les Nuits de Fourvière
10 – Barcelona, Primavera Sound
12 – Dijon, Festival VYV Les Solidarites
24 – Reims, La Magnifique Society
25 – Werchter, TW Classic Festival
27 – Luxembourg, The Neumünster Abbaye
29 – Gdynia, Open’er Festival

JULY 2022
5 – Barcelona, Poble Espanyol
6 – Madrid, Noches del Botánico
8 – Lisbon, Coliseum
11 – Nimes, Festival de Nimes
12 – Montreux, Montreux Jazz Festival
14 – Milan, Fabrique Milano
15 – Ferrara, Piazza Trento Trieste
17 – Macerata MC – Arena Sferisterio
18 – Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica
20 – Taormina, Teatro Antico di Taormina