The Smile Introduce New Song “Bending Hectic” at Montreux Jazz Festival: Watch

Thom Yorke wrote the lyrics "about half an hour" before the show

The Smile Bending Hectic New Song Live Debut Montreux Jazz Festival Thom Yorke Jonny Greenwood Tom Skinner
Thom Yorke, photo by Heather Kaplan

    The Smile unveiled a new song called “Bending Hectic” during their set on Tuesday, July 12th at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The trio, comprised of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner, also performed a number of fresh cuts that have debuted throughout their ongoing inaugural tour.

    “Bending Hectic” was revealed during the band’s encore, with Yorke telling the crowd they wouldn’t know the words “because I just wrote them about half an hour ago.” That introduction has become a common refrain during The Smile’s tour as the nascent group has quickly built a sizable cache of new songs.

    The Smile’s 2022 tour, in support of their debut album A Light for Attracting Attention, wraps its first leg in Europe next week. After a lengthy break, they’ll reconvene in November to embark on a North American leg. Grab your seats via Ticketmaster.


    At their first tour stop in May, the trio performed a “skeleton” track called “Friend of a Friend” (now renamed “People on Balconies”), which the frontman shared “we literally wrote it today.” Days later, Yorke prefaced another developing tune titled “Bodies Laughing” by saying, “Yesterday we wrote another new song.”

    The release of yet another freshly written track feels like a promise fulfilled by Yorke, who only days before quote tweeted a video of the new tune “Colours Fly” from their Primavera Sound set in June, saying, “New one … work in progress … there are a few ..” Now, with “Bending Hectic,” one more non-album original has (hopefully) entered the regular rotation.

    Watch live footage of all the band’s latest offerings and check out their full Montreux Jazz Fest setlist below.


    Thin Thing
    The Opposite
    Speech Bubbles
    Free in the Knowledge
    A Hairdryer
    Waving a White Flag
    Colours Fly
    We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings
    Skrting on the Surface
    Bodies Laughing
    The Smoke
    You Will Never Work in Television Again

    The Same
    Bending Hectic (New song, live debut)
    Just Eyes and Mouth
    Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses