Glastonbury announced a surprise headliner for its Live at Worthy Farm streaming event on Saturday (May 22nd): The Smile, a new band consisting of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, and drummer Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet) . The event was booked, but after technical difficulties, the organizers opened the stream to the public. The Smile joined the stream between the sets of Jorja Smith and Kano. You can see it here on the livestream Live at Worthy Farm (The smile set starts at 2:45:53 a.m.).

The smile appeared in a corrugated cardboard shed with what appeared to be a parachute as a roof and ran through eight new songs in just over 30 minutes. Yorke and Greenwood shuffled between guitars, bass, a Moog synthesizer, and a Fender Rhodes. Yorke introduced the band with a little riddle: ‚ÄúLadies and gentlemen, we are called ‘The Smile’. Not the smile like in ‘ahh!’, But ‘the smile’ like in, the guy who lies to you every day … “

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Smile’s sound – two of its three members are from Radiohead – reflects some of the band’s vintage rock sensibilities, albeit broken down into three parts. The differences lie in the nuance, a slight jump to Skinner’s drums in some songs, an unfamiliar aggression from Greenwood in the bass line and the warm analog tones of the guitars and the Rhodes piano.

The band have yet to share any information about the songs they performed or reveal any plans for their release. When announcing the project, Yorke credited Nigel Godrich as producer, although Godrich did not appear with the Smile at Glastonbury. The band takes its name from a poem by Ted Hughes.