Though it received a Mercury Music Prize nomination, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has described working on his solo project The Eraser as "dull".

Talking to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Yorke admitted that he had not been overly enthused by working apart from his band.

"It was kind of dull," he said. "It was deeply unsatisfying because you weren't sharing much of the process but then I got back with the band and it was like 'Oh my god, there's all these other people I have to work with now'."

Yorke reunited with Radiohead to record their seventh album In Rainbows, which hit the headlines after being released for download on October 10th, with fans album to specify the price.

And the unusual style of the album's release meant the Oxford band neglected from the usual promotional circus associated with a new record, an experience Yorke described as "liberating".

He added: "It's very eye-opening, but extremely strange. The day people were downloading it I sat at home and did nothing."

Guitarist Ed O'Brien defended criticism of the unique release of In Rainbows, telling Lowe: "This isn't an anti-retail thing. All that we're doing is doing something different."

He went on: "It's not a template. You're in a situation when someone suggests to you how about you put it on the web and then people go and listen to it.

"And you say 'Yes, that sounds good'. We were messing with the system. Given the opportunity would you or would you not? Of course you would."

When asked whether the band were considering going on tour again, O'Brien said the famously-shy Yorke "needed more persuading".

But an appearance during the 2008 festival season might be on the cards, with Yorke explaining he valued "that collective experience".

"Thousands of people in a field wanting the same thing, going to the same place, with the same mindset. I think that's really important," he said.

21/11/2007 11:53:09