Radiohead almost didn’t tour in support of 2011’s “The King of Limbs.” The album seemed to appear out of thin air that February, and many critics wondered if Radiohead would even attempt to play the glitchy, beat-driven songs live. The band recruited Portishead drummer Clive Deamer to provide an extra rhythmic pulse to the most challenging songs on the album, and his addition led the band to dust off some old songs, debut some rare B-sides and even test out new, yet-to-be-recorded tracks. To get you prepared for Sunday’s sold-out show at Verizon Center, here are some songs the band could play that you might not recognize.
“Meeting in the Aisle”
This instrumental B-side from the “OK Computer” era had never been played live prior to the opening date of this year’s tour. With a trip-hop vibe and a hypnotic guitar riff, the song is a natural vehicle for Deamer’s percussion.
One of the newest tracks in Radiohead’s catalog, “Identikit” feels like three songs in one. Charging drums pound under Thom Yorke’s airy vocals before distorted guitars kick in, recalling the best moments from 2004’s “Hail to the Thief.” Then, out of nowhere, bright synths morph the track into a dance party.
Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW; with Caribou; Sun., 7:30 p.m., sold out; 202-628-3200. (Gallery Place)
With a pulsing rhythm and magnetic guitars that seem to chase each other in circles, this is one new song during which you won’t want to leave your seat.