Buzz builds for Big Day Out
Karen O returns with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, writes
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.