If you’re a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you understand what it means to love them. You may even know what it’s like to watch, in rapture, their enigmatic leader Karen O lead the band—and the faithful audience—into sonic reverie. And above all, you know how difficult it’s been waiting for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to come back.
After nearly a decade of silence, of leaving New York to pursue other strains of adulthood and musicianship, the Yeah Yeah yeahs have finally returned. Back in June, the band announced a new album due out September 30th. The new album, Cool It Down, was announced with a new single featuring Perfume Genius. “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” was released with a Cody Critcheloe–directed video, a project described in The New York Times as the biggest video they’ve ever produced.
“I wanted our first song to sound like the future, bold and fresh and powerful,” Karen O said in The New York Times. “We’re back,” she added with an expletive.
How to capture the impression the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had on the New York City art-rock scene, and the genre as a whole? How to explain the incomparable, the wholly unique, the bewitching viking goddess energy of Karen O with the music of Nick Zinner and Brian Chase behind her? Truly—there is no better way to convey the greatness of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs than to tell you to go see them in concert.
When are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing in the U.S?
In 2022, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will perform headlining concerts and music festivals. This month, Chicago’s Riot Fest lineup has the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing on Sunday, September 18th. Rock music fans are in for an incredible weekend of music if they can head to Chicago this month to attend Riot Fest in Douglass Park. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs set on Sunday is just one of many acts worth seeing at Riot Fest this year.
The other two performances the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have booked in the U.S, in 2022, take place in October. First, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will perform at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Japanese Breakfast will serve as their opener. Then, the same week, the band will head across the country, opposite coast, for a concert at Hollywood Bowl in L.A.
So far, those are the only remaining Yeah Yeah Yeahs concerts taking place in the U.S this year. But we remain hopeful that Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase will announce a full, large-scale North America tour for Cool It Down. Even during hiatus, between benefits and music festival sets, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed a few shows every year. But the band hasn’t gone on a headlining tour since the promotion of 2013’s Mosquito.
Everything We Know About Cool It Down
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ fifth studio album, Cool It Down, arrives nearly a decade after their highest-charting album Mosquito. The record is due out September 30th via indie label Secretly Canadian. Cool It Down is eight tracks and just over a half hour long. The LP features production from David Sitek—a frequent collaborator who came up in the same NYC art-rock scene with the band TV on the Radio.
Cool It Down Tracklist:
01 Spitting Off the Edge of the World [ft. Perfume Genius]02 Lovebomb
07 Different Today
Brimming with kinetic energy, pulses for the dance floor, punk spikes, and lo-fi heart, Cool It Down is an amalgamation of who the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were and who they are today. In a way, it’s a tribute to the liveness that’s always been true of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. A vitality.
According to Karen O, through the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, her fans can access the same vibrancy as her. “A lot of people just don’t know how to dial up that line in themselves,” she said to The New York Times.
“That’s my job.”
Maybe we didn’t know it before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs announced their return but it’s clear to us now: We need them, their music, their performance, now more than ever. Hopefully, the band will plot a North American “Cool It Down” Tour for the coming year.