New York City indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released an isolated performance of their song “Phenomena,” from the band’s 2006 album Show Your Bones, according to Pitchfork. The performance is complete with costumes, streamers, strobe lights and even a fog machine.
While other quarantine performances have featured splits of bands playing from their respective homes, this unique performance was shot entirely in the closet of vocalist Karen O, with guitarist Nick Zinner being streamed in live from his own home. Although some of the sound quality took a hit due to this format, there is no denying that the experience felt much more like a live concert experience rather than a type of music video. Furthermore, this style shows the limitless bounds of creativity that artists and bands are willing to push despite these difficult times.
Karen O recently stated that she feels like it is time for the band to make new music, in an interview with Australian radio station Double J. The band’s most recent album, Mosquito, was released back in 2013. O also recently performed one of the band’s most rarely-played songs, “Our Time,” during a livestream performance.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are feeling the harsh effects of the coronavirus pandemic, as they were scheduled to play Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta, Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago, and Splendour In The Grass in Australia. Live music continues to be halted due to the virus.
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