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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Announce New LP 'Cool It Down' With First Single Spitting Off The Edge Of The World

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: David Black

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced a new album.

The long-awaited follow-up to 2013's 'Mosquito' is called 'Cool It Down' and will arrive on September 30 via their new label home of Secretly Canadian. 

To accompany the news, the New York City trio have shared the first single from the eight-track record, Spitting Off The Edge Of The World, a collaboration with Perfume Genius. 

Fusing the shoegazey styling and indie-rock riffs with atmospheric soundscapes from Perfume Genius, it comes with a Cody Critcheloe-directed video. Singer Karen O commented: "I see the younger generations staring down this threat, and they’re standing on the edge of a precipice, confronting what’s coming with anger and defiance… It’s galvanizing, and there’s hope there."

Karen O also posted a longer statement about the album and video, which you can check out alongside the artwork and tracklist below.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play previously confirmed UK shows later in June, marking their first headline gigs here since 2013. They'll also appear at Primavera Sound in Barcelona next week, before dates in Australia and the United States. Tickets are on sale.

"To all who have waited, our dear fans, thank you, our fever to tell has returned, and writing these songs came with its fair share of chills, tears, and euphoria when the pain lifts and truth is revealed. Don’t have to tell you how much we’ve been going through in the last nine years since our last record, because you’ve been going through it too, and we love you and we see you, and we hope you feel the feels from the music we’ve made. No shying away from the feels, or backing down from what’s been gripping all of us these days. So yes we’ve taken our time, happy to report when it’s ready it really does just flow out.

The record is called ‘Cool It Down’ which is snagged from a lesser known Velvet Underground Song. I told Alex Prager whose photo graces our record cover that her image speaks to sweeping themes in the music and sums up how I, Karen, feel existentially in these times! But there’s always more to the story. This is how our new story begins, we present to you with heads bowed and fists in the air Spitting Off the Edge of the World featuring Perfume Genius.

A note on this video, it’s a dream collaboration with one of our favorite artists of the 21st century Cody Critcheloe who did the artwork for our first record back in 2003 and has been making visionary music videos for the last decade. The time to collaborate again came with Spitting, the shoot in Kansas City was dream-like, the dreams you have after eating something really greasy right before bed; bizarre, poetic, and intense. Perfume Genius was incredibly gracious to roll in the very cold mud as my co pilot and steal scene after scene with his surreal charm.  We trusted Cody implicitly, he surpassed expectations and gave us our November Rain. YYY’s spirit is alive and well through the eyes of Cody Critcheloe. Custom Yeahs limo was largely his handiwork, fueled on love."

Artwork: Alex Prager

'Cool It Down' tracklist:

1. Spitting Off The Edge Of The World (featuring Perfume Genius)
2. Lovebomb
3. Wolf
4. Fleez
5. Burning
6. Blacktop
7. Different Today
8. Mars

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun June 05 2022 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Tue June 07 2022 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Wed June 08 2022 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

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