BY I AM THAT GIRL
It may seem strange to even fathom now, but Yeah Yeah Yeahs band members Karen O and Nick Zinner actually started out as an acoustic folk duo called Unitard. That’s definitely a departure from the group’s current art punk and techno sound. Nowhere is that transformation more evident than on the band’s latest single, “Sacrilege,” off the recently released Mosquito. There’s a pulsating beat propelling the strong lyrics and the controversial video depicting the story of a seemingly promiscuous young woman set in reverse serves as the perfect supplement to the enveloping track.
Karen and Nick met in a bar back in 2000 after she transferred to New York University from Oberlin College. Recognizing that there was a real connection, the duo decided to form the aforementioned Unitard. Thankfully for their current fans, Karen and Nick soon felt drawn to the art punk scene. Karen recruited her college friend Brian Chase to play drums and the newly-assembled trio started writing songs. The band garnered some success pretty early on with opening gigs for The Strokes and The White Stripes. Yeah Yeah Yeahs recorded a five-track EP in 2001 and thanks to some spirited live performances along with Karen’s often over-the-top stage getups, the group began securing a fan base, which even included critics. Appearances at South by Southwest along with tours in the U.S. and the U.K. helped the band reach a much wider audience. Interscope Records put out the trio’s first full-length album, Fever To Tell, in 2003. The video for the single, “Maps,” even appeared in heavy rotation on MTV. Show Your Bones followed in 2006 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Another critically-acclaimed offering, It’s Blitz!, came out in 2009. All three members have also been involved in side projects and Karen even performed several songs on the Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack. We love this band’s unabashed punk attitude and the trio’s ability to push the limits when it comes to music, live performances and videos.
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