With a spastic frontwoman, a vampiric guitarist and an optometrically enhanced drummer (he wears glasses), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are anything but a conventional band. So it's sort of surprising that for their new album, Show Your Bones, they're doing things by the book.
Back in October, singer Karen O promised a new YYY album in the first half of 2006 (see "Yeah Yeah Yeahs Singer Bombards Fan Site With New Album Info"). Bones has now been confirmed for a March 28 release, and to hype it, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced plans for a four-city tour. That will include two-night stands at famous venues on the East and West Coasts, plus a one-off gig in Chicago.
A much larger North American tour is expected to launch after Bones — which was produced by Squeak E. Clean (a.k.a. Sam Spiegel, a.k.a. Spike Jonze's brother) — is released. The album takes its name from, as O puts it, "what happens when you put your finger in a light socket."
Meanwhile the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have also announced that the first single off the album will be "Gold Lion." According their label, Interscope Records, the accompanying video will be directed by a familiar face: Patrick Daughters, who's previously worked with the band on several clips, including their Video-Music-Award-nominated "Maps" (see "Jay-Z, Beyonce, No Doubt, Outkast lead VMA Nominees").
Shooting for the "Gold Lion" video is scheduled to take place on January 20 and 21 in Los Angeles.
The dates for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' tour, according to Interscope:
- 2/23 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
- 2/24 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
- 2/25 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
- 2/27 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
- 3/1 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club
- 3/2 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club