Release Date: 06 April 2009
Format: LP Vinyl
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs Its Blitz Limited Vinyl LP
YEAH YEAH YEAHS are back back BACK, releasing the follow-up to 2006’s “Show Your Bones”, an album described as “a slow-burning masterpiece” by Observer Music Monthly and “one of the albums of the decade” by NME.
The YYYs are Karen O (vocals), Nick Zinner (guitar, keyboard) and Brian Chase (drums)
In reaction to an early leak the digital release of the album was rushed forward to 9th March globally to try the effects of piracy. “It’s Blitz!” will be released physically on 6th April on Polydor, followed a week later by single “Zero” - a huge, electronic dance-floor anthem of a song. NOTHING else feels like this right now. "We've got a death grip on the adolescent way of feeling things," says Karen O, touching on the track’s euphoric abandon.
“It’s Blitz!” was recorded with Nick Launay (producer of YYY’s 2007 released “Is Is” EP) and longtime collaborator TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek. The album sessions took the city dwelling band from the snow-covered fields of rural Massachusetts and Long View Studios, to Sitek’s Staygold complex in Brooklyn before heading south to a studio in Tornillo in the Texan desert for further confinement and recording. “It's Blitz” signals both a glance backward and a step forward for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Guitarist Nick Zinner had brought along an old keyboard he bought on eBay to work with during the writing session not expecting it to end up on the album. However, the sounds of the vintage Arp were so right for the new songs that they found their way into the atmospheric washes of "Skeletons", the disco wiggles of "Heads Will Roll", and New Wave melodrama of "Soft Shock". "Obviously, synths have been in rock music forever," Zinner says. "But to us it feels new, which is all we really care about—that excitement." The whole record has a new feeling of space and atmosphere, a new sonic dimension, if you will.
The reaction to the record has been nothing short of phenomenal, with many appraising it as their career best. Q called it “Spectacular” and awarded it 5*, Time Out also awarded it 5*, with many other glowing reviews starting to come through across the board.
“Zero” itself has been hailed an instant indie-dancefloor classic, with extensive club support, and playlist love already at Radio 1, XFM, 6Music. Zane Lowe on Radio 1 has awarded ‘It’s Blitz!’ his Album Of The Week slot, and has confirmed a session with the band when they arrive for UK promotion from 3rd April.
Other promotion highlights already confirmed include the first show of the new Later With Jools Holland series, going out twice the week of the physical album release, and a Jonathan Ross Radio 2 session, with lots more still to come. The press coverage will be exhaustive, with an NME cover already running 10th March, and further high profile pieces due for The Guardian, The Sun, The Observer and much more besides, from the zine end of Artrocker and Plan B to style titles such as Vogue and Dazed.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ incendiary live shows are the stuff of legend, and they will make their eagerly anticipated return to the UK for 3 dates in April, in Manchester and London – the dates sold out in less than 2 hours, the fastest ever for the band.
Heads Will Roll
Shame And Fortune