call them "garage rock revivalists," others
prefer art punk trio, but the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have
definitely created a formidable buzz, and they're
in the radio.wazee spotlight this week with "A
Date With The Night" from their debut full-length
album "Fever to Tell." The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
were discovered in the wake of the Strokes' popularity
and the subsequent garage rock revival, powered by
singer Karen O, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer
Brian Chase. O met Chase at Ohio's Oberlin College
and met Zinner through friends after she transferred
to N.Y.U. Zinner and O formed the band in 2000 and
recruited Chase when their original drummer bowed
out. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs wrote a slew of songs at
their first rehearsal and soon wound up supporting
the Strokes and the White Stripes, earning a significant
buzz for their arty-yet-sexy take on garage punk.
In late 2001, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their self-titled
debut EP, which they recorded with Boss Hog's Jerry
Teel, on their own Shifty label. Early the next year
the band stepped into the international spotlight,
appearing at South By Southwest, touring the U.S.
with Girls Against Boys, Europe with Jon Spencer Blues
Explosion, and headlining their own U.K. tour. Wichita
Recordings distributed the group's EP in the U.K.
and Touch and Go reissued it in the States. In between
tours, the group put the finishing touches on their
full-length debut. American dates with Sleater-Kinney,
the Liars and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion followed
throughout the rest of the year, with the "Machine"
EP tiding over fans before their first full length.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will also appear on the hotly
anticipated compilation album from the folks at Buddyhead
records, "Gimme Shelter: A Buddyhead Compilation,"
due September 30th. Weezer, Mudhoney, Burning Brides,
Primal Scream, Your Enemies Friends and the Icarus
Line are also on the 18-track disc, which showcases
previously unreleased songs, according to a Nettwerk
Records spokesperson. For more info on the Yeah Yeah
Yeahs, visit their official site, www.yeahyeahyeahs.com.