How do you feel about being named a "Next Wave
Artist to Watch" by Rolling Stone?
Nick: Well, one hand it's totally overwhelming,
but on the other it's pretty rad. I think 8 out of
those 10 other bands are on major labels, and we're
still assembling cd's in our apartments, wearing out
tiny hand muscles...but they cropped me and made my
haircut look even sillier.
Brian: It's hard to believe that our band was
thrown out to the general public like that. We're
generally pretty selective about our company, but
in this case we're mentioned alongside a band with
the name 'hoobastank' and a female singer-songwriter
with a jazz background. All of this in a publication
that had Britney Spears on 9 of its last 10 covers.
It's great that we're crossing barriers and reaching
FW: Every band gets influences hung on them, but
lets do the opposite. Finish this sentence: "If
you hate (insert band name here) You'll love The Yeah
Nick: Tool? Ben Vereen? Javanese Gamelan?
Brian: Bette Midler. I really hate Bette Midler.
If you Hate Bette Midler too then you will love the
FW: Karen wants to be called Karen O. What
is the "O" short for?
Nick: Karen is not here to answer that-she's
organizing an outing for oppressed orphans.
FW: Your song "Art Star" should
be required listening for art-world scenesters.
Have you been to a lot of openings?
Nick: Yup. it's why I got out of the art world.
Brian: Not really. I went to one and some kid
was wearing a silver wig trying to look like Andy
Warhol. That was funny I guess. You guys probobaly
know who he is.
FW: Is that a hip-hop enunciated "Yeah,
Yeah, Yeah" or something more dirty?
Nick: It's relative- you can be all fucked
up on crank and say it really fast, and it'll sound
just as good as if you were receiving pleasurable
Brian: The name comes from when you should
really be saying "no, no, no" but instead
it comes out its opposite. Like when you're getting
your legs chopped off in a wood chipper. You want
to say no but sometimes you just say yes.
FW: Being in a band is much better than working
a shitty job. What's the shittiest job you ever had?
Nick: Being a counter boy at a muffin shop...in
Brian: The summer between my freshmen and sophmore
years in college I worked as a groundskeeper at a
day camp. Despite my bad allergies I was forced to
mow the lawn. I also picked up trash off the ground
with a long stick with a spike on the end. The best
part was the privilege of getting to ride in the back
of a pick up truck while it sped through the camp.
I could tell the other campers were envious.
FW: Do The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have a band van?
If so, please describe.
Nick: We'll have a mini-van for this US tour
next week. It's sleek and swift.
Brian: Our future mini-van will be red. it
has yet to be Yeah Yeah Yeah-ized (i.e. puke and cum
on the seats with a packed bowl in the glove compartment.)
Nick: Yeah, and a super computer built into
the dashboard that speaks greek.
FW: Who would be your dream cameo on your next
Nick: Ace Frehley.
Brian: Arnold Schwarzenegger
FW: What's your biggest pop culture vice?
Nick: Vice and Keropi.
Brian: Whatever motivation was behind making
Bono into a messiah
FW: Is rock-stardom bringing in the booty?
Brian: I have a girlfriend.
There is no booty other than girlfriend booty.
FW: What are The Yeah Yeah Yeahs upcoming projects?
Nick: We have a song coming out in may on a
Kill Rock Stars compilation. We're touring with Girls
Against Boys for 2 1/2 weeks in March in the mid-west
and south-east, and then we're going to Europe with
the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for the first 2 weeks
of April. After that we'll play in England, Scotland,
and Ireland by ourselves for the last 2 weeks. And
we're gonna do a Peel session! Then we're going to
mix our record which we recorded a few weeks ago,
and figure out what to do with it...and I think we're
supposed to go Sweden in August. Hot dog!
FW: Would you say your music comes from the
heart, the soul, or the loins? Please explain.
Nick: Yeah Yeah Yeahs! Love of my life, fire
of my loins.
Brian: If I'm drunk the music comes from the
loins. If I'm sober it comes
from the heart. If I'm tired it comes from the soul.