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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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New York City, New York (2000 – present)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an American / band formed in New York City, New York in the late summer of 2000 by Karen O, born Karen Lee Orzolek (vocals), Nick Zinner (guitar, keyboards) and Brian Chase (drums). The group’s music melds genres ranging from and to and . Karen O is known for her screaming, bluesy vocals and energetic stage presence, complemented by her outrageously colorful costumes.

Karen O and Brian Chase first met as students at Oberlin College in Ohio in the late 90s, where Chase was a jazz student at the conservatory. Karen then transferred to New York University, and while in New York met Zinner in a local bar, where they formed an “instant connection”. During this time they also shared a loft in Manhattan with future members of the band Metric.

The two formed an acoustic duo called Unitard, but they went electric after being inspired by Ohio’s avant-punk scene. After the drummer they recruited initially bowed out, Chase joined the line-up and decided to form a punk band similar to the “trashy, punky, grimy” art student groups that Karen had left behind in Ohio. The newly band named 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 and garage punk scene.

In 9 July 2001, the band released their debut EP Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which they recorded with Boss Hog’s Jerry Teel, on their own Shifty label. In 5 November 2002, they released the second EP entitled Machine on Touch and Go label.

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