Yeah Yeah Yeahs Leave Heads Rolling On The Road
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are still actively working “Zero,” the first single from their new album, “It’s Blitz,” and the group’s Nick Zinner says the band will stay on that surprising, synthesizer-driven path when it rolls out the next single, “Heads Will Roll.”
“That was actually one of the last songs we wrote for the record,” Zinner, who co-wrote the song with YYYs frontwoman Karen O. in New York, during the same session that produced the track “Hysteric.”
“I think we always wanted to have a guilty-pleasure dance song; that was it, really. It came quickly, and it was just fun to write. When we were over playing in Europe, it’s definitely the song people are reacting the strongest to, like freaking out when we play it. And it’s really fun to play live, too.”
A release date for “Heads Will Roll” hasn’t been set yet, since “Zero,” which was also featured on the “Gossip Girl” season finale and reached No. 18 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, is still active.
YYYs, meanwhile, are “just focusing on touring and trying to get to a lot of places where people want to see us. That’s really the immediate concern,” according to Zinner. The group’s current U.S. tour wraps up June 12 at the Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival, then it heads across the pond for another festival-heavy swing through Europe starting June 26 and lasting through August.
Zinner, meanwhile, has been spending his off time pursuing his other passion, photography. “I’m photographing pretty much everything that’s happening,” he says, “every crowd and the band and the crew and the hotel rooms and beds that I’m sleeping on. Every person I meet. Every place I go…basically documenting everything.”
He hasn’t decided, however, what he’s going to do with the shots.
“I guess it all depends on what kind of images I get when I’m done,” he says. “I’ll probably do some sort of book, but I don’t think it’ll be a Yeah Yeah Yeahs book — unless we decided to do a Yeah Yeah Yeahs book. I’m in the ‘shoot first, ask questions’ later school, so it has to just wait and see.”