New striking strokes
3 June 2022
Band: YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Who: pop/rock trio from New York fronted
by the gorgeous Karen O
Active: Since 20000 / 5th LP in the pipeline
The title is taken from the Velvet Underground song
of the same name from their 1970 LP Cool It Down.
Karen O: “To all who have waited, our dear fans, thank you, our fever to tell has returned, and writing these songs came with its fair share of chills, tears, and euphoria when the pain lifts and truth is revealed. Don’t have to tell you how much we’ve been going through in the last nine years since our last record, because you’ve been going through it too, and we love you and we see you, and we hope you feel the feels from the music we’ve made. No shying away from the feels, or backing down from what’s been gripping all of us these days. So yes we’ve taken our time, happy to report when it’s ready it really does just flow out.”
The early punk-inspired YYYs days, with Karen O screaming while having
the microphone in her mouth, are over for some time now. Since then they
went in different directions with every LP (synth-passion and amplified dance-pop).
With this first single off the upcoming full length, it sounds
like they’re about to explore another musical approach.
The song’s title is inspired by the climate crisis. It’s a slow-burning synth-symphonic odyssey with choir chants. Karen O shines again in the middle and – when I look at
the press pic above – she seems to cool up instead of cooling down. On the other
hand, she looks like a Mad Max warrior in the accompanying video.
Live version 3 days ago in New York.
(Thanks to Christian Kassoff‘s smartphone)