The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Karen Orzelek
on vocals, Nick Zinner on guitar, Brian Chase on drums)
are a rock'n'roll band from New York City that debuted with the
five-song EP Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Shifty, 2001 - Touch And Go, 2002).
Their sound, bordering on garage-rock of the 1960s and on the new wave of
the late 1970s, is the quintessence of sexual frustration and existential
In Bang the guitar quotes the Kinks circa 1965 and
the singer worships Patti Smith's sensuality
while the drums engage in a terrifying imitation of the Rolling Stones.
Mystery Girl is a depraved anthem in the tradition of the Velvet Underground.
Art Star alternates between brutal "noise and screams" in the vein of
Mars and a childish lullaby.
Miles Away is a galopping rigmarole that
embodies the spirit of Gun Club
and Modern Lovers.
Our Time steals the melody from Tommy James' Crimson & Clover
and unleashes a crude, proud statement of rebellion
("it's our time/ to be hated").
The YYY capture the zeitgeist of 2002 the way Patti Smith and Richard Hell
captured the spirit of 1976.
(Translation by/ Tradotto da Luca Battistini) |
Gli Yeah Yeah Yeahs
(Karen O alla voce, Nick Zinner alla chitarra, Brian Chase alla
sono un gruppo rock and roll proveniente da New York City che ha
debuttato con le cinque canzoni contenute nell' EP Yeah Yeah
Yeahs (Shifty, 2001 - Touch And Go, 2002).
Il loro sound, contiguo al garage-rock degli anni '60 e alla new wave
dei tardi anni
'70, e' la quintessenza della frustazione sessuale e della
In Bang la chitarra cita i Kinks intorno al 1965 e
la cantante venera la sensualita' di Patti Smith,
mentre la batteria si dedica ad una terrificante imitazione dei
Mystery Girl e' un inno depravato nella tradizione dei Velvet
Art Star alterna noise e urla brutali sulla scia dei Mars a una ninnananna fanciullesca.
Miles Away e' una filastrocca galoppante che incarna lo
e dei Modern Lovers.
Our Time ruba la melodia a Crimson & Clover di Tommy
e sguinzaglia una cruda, orgogliosa dichiarazione di ribellione
("it's our time/ to be hated").
Gli YYY catturano lo zeitgeist del 2002 nel modo in cui Patti
Smith e Richard Hell
catturarono lo spirito del 1976.
The single Machine (Touch & Go, 2003) is equally ebullient and engaging.
Alas, Fever To Tell (Interscope, 2003) is vastly inferior and largely
betrays the whole idea behind Yeah Yeah Yeahs' debut EP.
Half of the album is filler. Even removing the filler, what is left is the
granitic hard-rock of Rich and Man,
garage rave-ups like No No No and especially
Date with the Night (that couples
Cramps-style voodoobilly with a Led Zeppelin-esque guitar riff),
and a few high-energy dances (the feverish funk shuffle Tick,
the demented ditty Pin).
the singer proves to be one of the best shouters of her generation.
Incredibly, the lame ballad Maps made them famous.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase also plays in
the Seconds with Zah Lehroff (of the Ex-Models) and bassist Jean Kwon.
Y (5 Rue Christine, 2001) and Kratitude (5 Rue Christine, 2006)
were the closest thing to the "no wave" of DNA, Mars and Teenage Jesus since
Yeah Yeah Yeahs went pop on
Show Your Bones (Interscope, 2006), to the point of evoking a cross
Blondie and the
(Gold Lion, Way Out).
Karen O's vocals are rarely allowed to display any sign of fury (Fancy).
The ballad du jour is Cheated Hearts. Add the acoustic Warrior
and, compared with the first EP, this sounds like classical music.
The EP Is Is (2007) proved that the band's was best in the
raw, concise format of its beginnings (the music was actually recorded in
between the two albums). Rockers to Swallow, Kiss Kiss and
Is Is rank among their most virulent and exhilarating moments.
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YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Il singolo Machine (Touch & Go, 2003) è
tanto ribollente quanto ingranante.
Fever To Tell è perlopiù un tappabuchi, e
tradisce l’idea-pilastro dell’EP d’esordio degli Yeah Yeah Yeahs. La ballata
Maps li rese celebri.
Il batterista Brian Chase suona anche insieme
ai Seconds con Zah Lehroff (a sua volta degli Ex Models) ed il bassista Jean
Kwon. Y (5 Rue Christine) e Kratitude (5 Rue Christine) furono le cose più
accostabili al DNA della “no wave”, ai Mars, ai Teenage Jesus sin dagli anni ottanta.
Gli Yeah Yeah Yeahs si convertirono al pop con
l’album Show Yourr Bones, ibridando gli stili dei Blondie e dei Primitives
(Gold Lion e Way Out). Le parti vocali di Karen O raramente si lasciano andare
per mostrare qualche segno di furore (Fancy). La ballata “du jour” è costituita
da Cheated Hearts. Aggiungendo l’acustica Warriors e, comparato al debutto,
questo lavoro suona come musica>
L’EP Is Is (2007) palesò che il meglio della
band andava localizzato nel formato, grezzo e deciso degli inizi (a dire il
vero, la musica fu incisa in mezzo ai due album). Rockers to Swallow, Kiss Kiss
e Is Is si>
It's Blitz (Interscope, 2009) downplayed the guitars and emphasized the
electronics, moving the band into pop and dance territories.
The electronic-heavy Zero is the Yeahs gone disco-punk with girlish
vocals and symphonic keyboards,
a cross between Berlin of No More Words
fame and No Doubt.
The girl is an angry punkette in
Heads Will Roll, supported by a mega-riff while she
rides a catchy New Order-ish beat and
intones a melodramatic Pet Shop Boys-like refrain.
These two songs, no matter how far removed from their original style,
rescue the album from the abyss of an electroclash soundalike.
The atmospheric melodic Soft Shock is background muzak with a bit of a
The album is dominated by contemplative ballads such as
(epic folk tune remixed by U2),
(Suzanne Vega backed by a symphony orchestra)
and Hysteric, boasting the most majestic melody.
The slow, sweet and solemn Little Shadow has the fairy-tale
quality of the
Velvet Underground's Sunday Morning.
Only one moment harks back to their wild years, the propulsive
Dull Life, with a fractured Egyptian-like refrain.
With this album the YYYs completed a transition that had already started in
the very first album and that had been stuck in a limbo for too long.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase
deliver one of the great albums of avantgarde drumming of the era,
Drums & Drones (Pogus, 2013).
Some of the compositions are simply emotional, despite the rudimentary
building blocks (drums and drones), notably
Aum Drone, that juxtaposes a lifeless drone and funereal beats,
or Cymbal Drone, another funereal evocation, a concerto for tolling bells that morphs into Tibetan ritual and then into mere cosmic emptiness,
Others are wild audio experiments that test the human ability to perceive sound,
the cryptic ear-splitting interstellar signal of
Drone State Of Mind V1
or the massive, almost baroque, Feedback Drone.
or the nostalgic, dreamy Snare Brush Drone, a fluttering stream of consciousness.
Others evoke a sense of ancestral rhythm, like the plantation blues of
Bass Drum Drone (just replace the percussion with a harmonica),
or the epileptic Drum Roll Drone.
Karen O debuted solo with Crush Songs (2014), a collection of 15 brief
lo-fi love stories for acoustic guitar and (sometimes) drum loop.
Lux Prima (2019) was a collaboration with producer
This is mainly an album of transformations and impersonations.
She sounds like Diana Ross singing
a Burt Bacharach ballad in
the nine-minute Lux Prima, cloaked in grandiose orchestral arrangements.
Blondie in Turn the Light,
a sophisticated disco diva in Leopard's Tongue,
a cowgirl in an Ennio Morricone soundtrack in Redeemer,
and a neurotic Patti Smith at a pow-wow in Woman (the standout).
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