Radiohead Announce Plans For New Album

Radiohead may not have toured in the wake of this year's experimental Kid A, but that doesn't mean they haven't been keeping busy.

The band's follow-up to Kid A will be called Amnesiac, and is set for release in March or April, the group said during an appearance on British radio Monday night.

Radiohead's U.K. publicity company, Hall or Nothing, confirmed the band's announcement on Tuesday (December 12), but said that no release date has been officially scheduled for the new album, which will be Radiohead's fifth full-length release.

The band's U.S. publicity firm, Nasty Little Man, said the album is likely to arrive in April, rather than March. A tour is expected to follow in the spring, the firm said.

The songs on the upcoming album were recorded by Radiohead with producer Nigel Godrich during the same sessions that produced Kid A, according to Nasty Little Man.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke told MTV News earlier this year that the band was eager to return to the recording studio in the wake of Kid A's release instead of embarking on a large-scale tour.

"I think what we want to do is break the cycle of [where] a band goes on tour for nine months, turns into monsters, then has to sort themselves out and piece together the bits in order to make another [album]. Or the thing about making records in order to go on tour and all that sort of stuff," Yorke said. "Even though I enjoy playing live, I actually enjoy writing and recording more, 'cause that's the stuff that will end up lasting, you know."

No track listing has been announced for the upcoming album, though the band has played a number of new songs in its few live shows since releasing Kid A, including the funky, keyboard-driven "Dollars and Cents."

The critically acclaimed Kid A, which jettisons Radiohead's guitar-rock sound for a new, synthesizer-heavy approach, made a surprise debut at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart in October.

Revamped versions of several tracks from Kid A, including "The National Anthem," will be broadcast this week on the U.K.'s BBC Radio 1.