Radiohead erase Internet presence and send fans mysterious mail

by Jesse Locke

May 2, 2016

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The masters of the cryptic album release are at it again.

As hastily written articles across the land have pointed out, Radiohead once offered tips on how to disappear completely. They’ve also declared that meeting people is easy, and have now devised the surefire strategies of erasing their Internet presence and mailing spooky postcards to fans.

On the morning of May 1, Radiohead’s website slowly faded into peak opacity until it became completely white. All posts from the band’s Facebook and Twitter accounts were then deleted, including those of frontman Thom Yorke, with their profile photos following suit to become white squares.

Prior to their history clearing, the group sent out a mass mailer to UK-based fans who had previously purchased merchandise through their website. These included leaflets with the following text: “Sing a song of sixpence that goes / Burn the Witch / We know where you live.”

Dedicated Radiohead heads will be quick to point out that “Burn the Witch” is the name of an unreleased song dating back to the mid-aughts. It was teased at a California concert in 2006, with Yorke explaining that they weren’t ready to unveil it without an orchestra:

Stereogum continued to stir the pot by pointing out that in Germanic folklore Walpurgisnacht (‘Witches’ Night’) falls on April 30th or May 1st. In addition, International Dawn Chorus Day (an event where birdwatchers rise early to hear their feathered friends usher in a new morning) occurs on the first Sunday in May. Radiohead recently formed two companies called Dawn Chorus LLP and Dawnchoruss LTD, but let the day pass without any further news.

Are these red herrings or false flags or just Radiohead being Radiohead? All we know at this point is that their ninth album is coming soon and that it apparently sounds like “nothing like you’ve ever heard.”

Tags: Music, News, burn the witch, Radiohead

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