Formed in the year 2000, Yeah YeahYeahs continue to rock the stage with their jaw-dropping performances. The group is comprised of Karen O, vocalist and pianist; Brian Chase, drummer; and Nick Zinner, keyboardist and guitarist. The group was established in New York City and during their shows, they feature the second guitarist, David Pajo.Yeah YeahYeahs’ Humble Beginnings
Brian Chase was studying jazz in a conservatory when he met Karen O at Oberlin College in the late 1990’s. Then, Karen O moved to New York and met Nick Zinner at a bar. The two subsequently formed a duo, but they soon decided to take their musicality up a notch and formed a band that was inspired by avant-punk bands. When their first drummer backed out on the group, Brian Chase came into the picture and became the drummer of the group.
When they were writing and arranging their first few songs, the band ended up gaining musical influences from the White Stripes and the Strokes.Yeah YeahYeahs’ Records
After the release of their self-titled debut EP, Yeah YeahYeahs soon became international as they toured in the US together with and John Spencer Blues Explosion. They soon made their own headlines from the phenomenal success of their tours.
In 2003, the band received a number of critics from their debut album, Fever to Tell. They sold more than 750,000 copies globally, making their record an undeniable hit. Maps, the album’s 3rd single, was ranked by the Rolling Stones as top 386 in the list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in the year 2010.
Not only that, Fever to Tell was also labelled as the number 5 best album of the decade in the year 2009.
The second album of Yeah YeahYeahs was entitled Show Your Bones. Just like the former record, the album also earned ground-breaking success with the 1st single of the album, Gold Lion, reaching top 18 in the Official UK Singles Chart. This album was labelled as the top 2 best album of the year by the NME magazine.
Records that followed the first two were Blitz and Mosquito. These records may sound differently than the first two records of the trio, but they still embodied what Yeah YeahYeahs is all about. Both received staggering successes—proof that the Yeah YeahYeahs’ musicality is absolutely one of a kind.
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