Karen O has revealed that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are “ready to make some music”.
“All I can say is that I feel ready to make some music.”
It has been 7 years since the last Yeah Yeah Yeahs record, 2013’s Mosquito. Naturally, any mention of new music from one of indie rock’s most adored bands is sure to have people excited. The news is especially welcome after the band’s three-year hiatus between 2014 and 2017. That announcement undoubtedly cast shadows over any possibility of a triumphant return to the studio.
There were also nerves surrounding a return to performing. Now coming up on 20 years as an active band, the mental energy required to perform extensively was thought to be wavering. Despite these fears, the return seemed to reinvigorate the group.
“I was a little bit nervous, ‘Are these shows just gonna just destroy me completely, now that I’m not like a kid anymore?’ But actually it did the opposite.”
When asked about a return to Australian shores this July, Karen O promised a delivery of their trademark vivacity. “The kind of live show that we put on is really cathartic and there’s a sort of raw, unbridled energy to it. Even though it’s changed over the years, it’s still at its core, that.”
While an unveiling of new material at Splendour seems unlikely, the scene is set for a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs release. “It feels like time to have something new out there. But that’s yet to happen, so we’ll see how this year goes.”