Yeah Yeah Yeahs talk progress on new music

They're 'waiting to be struck by inspiration'

Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Karen O has revealed that the band are looking forward to recording new material together – but are currently waiting to be ‘struck by inspiration’.

The NYC trio, who have been on an extensive world festival tour including a stellar appearance at London’s All Points East, have not released an album since 2013’s ‘Mosquito‘. Now, Karen O has confirmed to Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 that the band are ‘ready’ to get back to the drawing board.

Asked if they were ‘feeling the pull’ to work on a new album, Karen O replied: “Yeah, think so! The guys for the most part, I think they’re waiting on my just ‘getting struck by inspiration’ for it, y’know?


“A lot has changed in my life in the last 5 years and I’m just kinda waiting for the inspiration to hit me – and then we’ll go.

She continued: “I just feel like I’ve never really ‘pushed it’, just kinda waited for it to really feel like this overwhelming…”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs All Points East
Yeah Yeah Yeahs live at All Points East 2018

Speaking about releasing more of her own solo material, Karen O confirmed that a collaboration would be coming “early next year”.

“It’s like a collab with a producer so, yeah. It’s finished, we’re just kinda developing [it], like preproduction with the way we’re gonna roll it out,” she said. “[I’ll probably play] some special gigs you know but probably not a world tour!

“It’s probably a handful of some special gigs – but we have some cool stuff cooking up for that!”


Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ world festival tour continues into September at the Goose Island 215 Block Party in Philadelphia, and Ohana Festival in California.