Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O on Lady Gaga: 'I feel there's a core authenticity lacking there'

'It's so referential,' says singer

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O has claimed that there is a "core authenticity or originality lacking" in Lady Gaga.

Asked by the Guardian if the New York trio felt a kinship with Gaga due to her extravagant style and performance, the frontwoman replied:

No, no, no! I feel there's a core authenticity or originality lacking there. It's so referential.


She went on to add: "I mean, everything is referenced, but when you read Just Kids by Patti Smith, there's idol worship towards poets or Jim Morrison or whoever, but it seems to be processed through her filter and it ends up becoming very Patti Smith. That's different from just picking what you like from what other people do and presenting it as your own."

Speaking about the band's forthcoming new album 'Mosquito', meanwhile, and its differences to their previous LP 'It's Blitz!', she stated: "'It's Blitz!'was so clean and cold in a way. It was precise and electronic. I personally wanted to something a bit more quirky, a bit more sexual, a bit more visceral."

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will release 'Mosquito' on April 15, but the album is already streaming in full on YouTube. O has described the album as being "like a Yeah Yeah Yeahs soul record - our version of one" and as "really playful and tongue in cheek at times. I think its got something for everyone".

They will also curate I'll Be Your Mirror at London's Alexandra Palace alongside Grizzly Bear over the weekend of May 4-5. Bands confirmed for the event so far include The Walkmen, Black Lips, Real Estate, Dirty Beaches and Cass McCombs.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs play:

Manchester O2 Apollo (May 1)
Leeds O2 Academy (2)
London Alexandra Palace (4)


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