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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Unveil New Single Burning

Thursday, 11 August 2022 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Jason Al-Taan

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released a new single.

Burning is the second preview of their new album, 'Cool It Down', which is due out on September 30. They shared the record's first single, Spitting Off The Edge Of The World featuring Perfume Genius, in June.

The track was inspired by The Four Seasons song Beggin and features looped piano alongside dramatic, disco-era strings and distorted guitars as a danceable backdrop to Karen O's commanding vocal performance. She said:

"Back when I was 19 living in the east village, one night a roommate dragged me out of the apartment for an impromptu drink across the street, I left a votive candle burning on a plastic yaffa block which in my absence set flame to my room. Within an hour and a half of having one drink down the block firefighters had come and gone extinguishing the fire, I came home to find that a natural disaster had occurred (to my room) and most of my stuff, lost in the flames.  All electronic goods were melted and demolished like my laptop, cameras etc. but oddly enough the items that held the most sentimental value remained intact like sketchbooks, a favorite sweater with hearts across the chest, and photographs. I had photos of my parents in their youth where the fire burnt around the two of them as if there was some intangible force field protecting them, many photos like that, mysteriously leaving the beloved subjects untouched. 

"If the world is on fire I hope the most beloved stay protected and that we do all we can to protect what we cherish most in this life.  ‘Burning’ is a song about that feeling, smoke signals for the soul.  Begging to cool it down, just doing it the best we know how.  Nick and I nodded to Frankie Valli’s ‘Beggin’, with the line ‘oooh lay your red hand on me baby.’ We’ve cut a rug to many a soulful sixties bangers in our day, it was in our DNA by the time we wrote ‘Burning’."

Having recently played their first headline gigs in the UK since 2013, the New York band have upcoming shows confirmed at Riot Fest in Chicago in September, Forest Hills Stadium in New York and Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl in October, and Guanamor Teatro Studio in Guadalajara and Mexico City's Corona Capital in November. Tickets are on sale now.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sat October 01 2022 - FOREST HILLS - Forest Hills Stadium at West Side Tennis Club (USA)
Thu October 06 2022 - LOS ANGELES California - Hollywood Bowl (USA)

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