Buzz builds for Big Day Out

Karen O re­turns with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, writes

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pre­miered at Vivid Fes­ti­val last year. ‘‘It was (ex­ple­tive) amaz­ing to be able to do it at the Opera House.’’

All this pre­am­ble is fine and all, but it’s dis­tract­ing us from two ques­tions. What does the new al­bum

sound like and will Yeah Yeah Yeahs play it at the Big Day Out on the week­end.

‘‘It’s a re­turn to form, there’s more gui­tars and more bass. It has mood­ier, tripped-out songs,’’ O says.

‘‘You might catch some roots reg­gae and min­i­mal­ist psychedelia in­flu­ences in there. And yeah, we’ll be play­ing a few new songs at Big Day Out.

‘‘We recorded at the Sonic Ranch in the El Paso Stu­dio with Dave Sitek where we did It’s Blitz. We did the ma­jor­ity of it there.’’

Mos­quito is co-pro­duced by Sitek and Aus­tralian Nick Lau­nay, with one track pro­duced by James Murphy. Un­ex­pect­edly, Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith) ap­pears on one track.

An­other rap­per, Psy, made quite an im­pact on O last year as well. Born in South Korea, half-Pol­ish, halfGang­nam, O ‘‘saw Gang­nam Style on TV and I cried,’’ she says, echo­ing the thoughts of many.

‘‘I cried for hap­pi­ness be­cause I was so happy it was so on the radar. I got pa­tri­otic about Gang­nam Style,’’ she laughs that treach­er­ous laugh.

A rap­per with con­sid­er­ably more cred (and less lime-coloured din­ner suits) is Death Grips, tour­ing for the Big Day Out and ready to im­plode minds with bowel-bash­ing hip hop crunch.

‘‘The way that I hear about mu­sic is al­most ex­clu­sively word of mouth and a friend of mine who I really trust sent me a track of Death Grips and then I got their record No Love Deep Web and I’m really into it and cu­ri­ous about those dudes,’’ she en­thuses.

In­deed, Sacra­mento’s Death Grips have the all im­por­tant buzz at the moment, the sound a mos­quito pro­duces when it gets right in your ear just be­fore you fall asleep at night, part im­pend­ing doom, part re­minder that by God you are alive. The sound of the in­evitable.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Pep­pers and more play Big Day Out at Park­lands Show­grounds on Sun­day.

is out on April 14.

Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs per­forms at Falls Fes­ti­val 2010.

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