Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Karen O and Nick Zinner ’98 in foreground; Brian Chase in the background. Image: Raph_PH, cc-by-2.0
After a nearly decade-long break, the trio that helped spark New York’s early 2000s rock revival is back with Cool It Down
, “an expansive album that dares to imagine a bold, fresh future.” The New York Times
profiles the band, featuring Bard alum Nick Zinner ’98 on guitar, as they return to the studio and the stage with a new perspective in their 40s, after moving cross-country, starting families, and years pursuing their own musical and artistic projects. The new album tackles serious themes such as climate change and the longing for closeness in the aftermath of the pandemic, but ultimately the band is on a mission to bring a sense of joy and hope to audiences.