Radiohead offers free download

New EP did not materialize as speculated

LONDON -- Radiohead offered a new song for download on Monday. "These Are My Twisted Words" is available from the band's official Web site as a free download.

"We've been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished. We're pretty proud of it," writes multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood on the site. "There's other stuff in various states of completion, but this is one we've been practicing, and which we'll probably play at this summer's concerts. Hope you like it."

The band also indicated its acceptance of file-sharing by also offering a link to the torrent of the track listed by BitTorrent tracker Mininova.

There was, however, no full EP following speculation online about such a release. "These Are My Twisted Words" was leaked on to fan site At Ease's message board last week and then appeared on YouTube.

Radiohead does not have a long-term label deal at present, releasing its 2007 set "In Rainbows" via its own Web site on a pay-what-you-want basis for the MP3 and following that with a full release in January 2008 via XL Recordings in the U.K and ATO/Red in the U.S.

Radiohead is currently rehearsing for festival appearances including Leeds and Reading Festivals (Aug. 29 and 30) in the U.K.

On Aug. 5, it issued the digital track "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," with proceeds going to the British Legion, the U.K. charity that supports the armed forces and its veterans. Harry Patch, who died aged 111 on July 25, was Britain's last surviving veteran of World War I.