Photo credit: Dan Martensen
Concept by: KK Barrett
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are set to release their fourth album, Mosquito, April 16th, 2013!
“We would love for this music to make our fans feeeeel something, for it to stir some shit up inside of them, whatever that may be,” says singer Karen O. “SO much feeling went into this record, it was the rope ladder thrown down into the ditch for us to climb up and dust ourselves off. I hope others can climb up it too; we’re excited to share the good vibes.”
Mosquito is produced by David Sitek and Nick Launay (working separately), with one track produced by James Murphy. The bulk of it was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornilla, TX. Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith) appears on one track.
“We took a more playful, LO-FI approach to songwriting,” says O. “Much of the music was demo-ed in our little basement studio in Manhattan with drum machines, a shitty sample keyboard and tons of delay – which we called the soup.
“I think this record has more moodier and tripped-out songs than you’ve ever heard from us,” she continues. “You might catch some roots reggae and minimalist psychedelia influences in there.”
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The members, once lovingly labeled by Rolling Stone as “the goth, the nerd and the slut” have been busy in the past few years. Karen O co- created a psycho-opera (with KK Barrett) titled Stop The Virgens, which she described as an assault on the tragic joys of youth spun through a cycle of nine songs. O took Stop The Virgens from New York’s St. Ann’s all the way to the Sydney Opera House, bringing Chase along on drums in the production and Zinner as guitarist and musical director. Spin noted “Stop The Virgens is musical theater as catharsis, and it illustrates just how much Karen O has grown as an artist over her decade-long career.”
O also collaborated with Trent Reznor for “Immigrant Song” on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, “Strange Love” on the Frankenweenie soundtrack, and sang on songs with Santigold, Swans and David Lynch. Nick Zinner curated, composed and led an orchestral work titled 41 Strings both in NYC and the Sydney Opera House. The performance involved over 45 musicians. Hear a performance of 41 Strings HERE. Zinner also contributed songwriting and production to Santigold’s album and had several shows of his acclaimed photography. Drummer Brian Chase will be releasing an album of his solo project, Drums & Drones, on the Pogus Label in 2013. The album features electro-acoustic soundscapes based on the sonic properties of drums and percussion, and includes a DVD with videos by NYC-based video artists Ursula Scherrer and Erik Zajaceskowski. Notable album releases/appearances by Chase include the Chase/Misterka duo’s The Shape of Sound, Karlie Bruce’s Paperback Lover, Man Forever’s Pansophical Cataract, and Jeremiah Cymerman’s Fire Sign. Chase also writes about yoga, food and music on his own website chasebrian.com.
The band has recorded three studio albums; All 3 albums were nominated for a GRAMMY award for Best Alternative Music Album. The first, Fever to Tell, was named as the best album of the year by The New York Times. The Patrick Daughters-directed video “Maps” was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards. The certified-Gold album was named by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork Media, and NME as one of the best albums of the decade. The second, Show Your Bones, was named the second best album of the year by NME. Rolling Stone magazine named it the one of the best album of the year, while Spin Magazine ranked it in their 40 best albums of 2006. Their third studio album, It’s Blitz!, was named the second best album of the year by NME magazine, It’s Blitz! was named as the second best album of 2009 by Spin Magazine and third best of 2009 by NME along with the single “Zero” from the album listed as the best track of the year by both. All three are fired up for the newest: Mosquito.
“This is a feel good, food for the soul, chicken soup for the ears Yeah Yeah Yeahs record – which doesn’t mean easy listening – it means kind of raw, kind of chaotic, kind of dreamy,” says O. “ Very us.”