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Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce three UK dates (2009)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Story by Jack Foley

NEW York three-piece Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced their eagerly anticipated live return to the UK with three dates in April.

The band will play venues in London and Manchester in support of the release of their new album, It’s Blitz!, on April 13. A new single, Zero, precedes the LP on April 6, 2009.

The UK dates are (all April 2009):

22 – Manchester Academy
25 – London Shepherds Bush
26 – London Shepherds Bush

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 27 and cost £18.50 (London) and £16.50 (Manchester).

It’s Blitz! will be released on April 13 via Interscope/Polydor. Commenting on the single, Zero, Karen O states: “We’ve got a death grip on the adolescent way of feeling things.”

The album was recorded with Nick Launay (producer of Yeah Yeah Yeah’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.”