YEAH YEAH YEAHS  – ” Cool It Down “

Posted: September 26, 2022 in MUSIC

It could only be called alchemy, the transformative magic that happens during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ most tuned-in moments in the studio, when their unique chemistry sparks opens a portal, and out comes a song like “Maps” or “Zero” or the latest addition to their canon, “Spitting Off The Edge Of The World ft. Perfume Genius, an epic shot-to-the- heart of pure YYYs beauty and power. A thunderstorm of a return is what the legendary trio has in store for us on “Cool It Down”, their fifth studio album and their first since 2013’s “Mosquito”. The eight-track collection, bound to be a landmark in their catalogue, is an expert distillation of their best gifts that impels you to move, and cry, and listen closely.

“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,” says Karen O.”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs played two shows in the United Kingdom this summer. Playing the O2 Apollo in Manchester, England, on June 5th, At the O2 Academy Brixton in London on June 7th, with support from Dry Cleaning and Anika are also on the bill. Karen O and co. have promised to play new songs at the shows.

Whatever happened to Yeah Yeah Yeahs? While their peers in groups like The Strokes and Interpol have remained active since their early-’00s come-up, artists such as The Walkmen and The Moldy Peaches officially called it quits (more or less), and LCD Soundsystem has, uh, done both (to say nothing of the front people from this scene who have quietly pivoted to acting careers), there’s been little word on the YYYs front since returning to the festival stage in 2017 with a vague “watch this space” message circulating with news of those shows. 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ statement reads: OK UK! We are coming to lend our light to dark ages and holy shit are we ready to play our hearts out for you!! Yeah it’s been 9 years since we’ve graced your club stages! Yeah we’ve got some tunes so fresh and so new to try out on you! Yeah the bill is so MAJOR with Dry Cleaning and Anika in London and English Teacher in Manchester. Dress up! Make a night of it! Support your fave band that you may have seen debut at Brixton back in ’02!! Yeah let’s not wait another decade to see each other again! CANNOT WAIT! They don’t love ya like we do!! Luv YYYs

“Yeah we’ve got some tunes so fresh and so NEW to try out on you!” Alongside some festival sets this summer, including Primavera Sound, the dates mark the band’s live return for their first shows since 2019. 

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