The promo is the first ever to be filmed atop the New York City landmark
Yeah Yeah Yeahs have unveiled the video to ‘Despair’, the first ever music video shot on top of the iconic Empire State Building.
Click above to watch the video, which was directed by Patrick Daughters. Set on the viewing deck of the building, which is situated 86 floors up, the band played through the track from 2am until just gone sunrise. ‘Despair’ is the second single to be taken from recent LP ‘Mosquito’ following ‘Sacrilege’.
Speaking after the filming, Karen O was in high spirits about the process, stating: “It’s definitely not just another cool day in the life of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was definitely an iconic moment. It’s hard to do something like that and not to feel like it’s symbolic – it’s like the American dream for us, singing your song on top of the Empire State Building, feeling like: man, where were we 10 years ago, when we were sitting around in some punk rock dive bar, thinking about what to name our band, and New York City, and now here we are at the top. It really felt dreamlike.”
Antony E Malkin, President of Malkin Holdings, the operator of the Empire State Building, also expressed his enthusiasm for the video concept. “The way I look at it is, why hadn’t this been done before?” he said. “Credit to them for having the gumption to ask.”
Ahead of their Latitude performance in July, Yeah Yeah Yeahs are set to play a one-off gig at London’s Islington Academy on July 15. The gig will mark the band’s first appearance in the capital since they curated a day of ATP’s annual I’ll Be Your Mirror at Alexandra Palace.
Latitude will take place from July 19-21 at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk and will see headline performances from Foals, Bloc Party and Kraftwerk.