Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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  • Discovered in the wake of The Strokes' popularity and the subsequent garage revival, New York's art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs comprises singer Karen Orzalek, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. O met Chase at Ohio's Oberlin college and met Zinner through friends after she transfered 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. Witchita Recordings distributed the group's EP in the U.K. and Touch and Go reissued it in the United States. In between tours, the group put the finishing touches on their full length debut, which was expected to have a fall 2002 release. 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.moreless

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    Left to right- Brian Chase, Karen O, Nick Zinner

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  • Quotes (6)

    • Nick Zinner: This band is by far the thing that means most to me, besides family.

    • Brian Chase: I sometimes envy Karen, mainly because she is so energetic and crazy.

    • Brian Chase: When Karen first came up to me and asked me to play in this band I had originally thought of saying no.

    • Karen O: I just love the feeling of getting on stage and the audience screaming for us to play our songs.

    • Nick Zinner: If you want to see something nice and polite, just watch Barney.

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    • The band released their first complete album in 2003.

    • The band became one of the first western rock acts to play China when they headlined the Modern Sky Festival in Beijing in 2007.

    • When growing up, they were all huge fans of the cartoon of Spiderman.

    • The band's favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption.

    • The songs "Y Control" and "Maps" both appear in the skate video "Hot Chocolate"

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