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Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "It's Blitz": "Less Angst and More Positivity, Man"

February 3, 2009 5:48 PM ET

One of New York's finest rock trios, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, are returning in April with a new album called It's Blitz — and Rolling Stone has the scoop with an in the studio story in the next issue (on newsstands this week!). "We're always going to have Yeah Yeah Yeahs hooks and energy," Karen O tells us. "But we came up with something new that we've never heard before from ourselves. Less angst and more positivity, man!"

It's Blitz, the follow-up to 2006's Show Your Bones, was produced by Nick Launay (who oversaw the band's 2007 EP Is Is) and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. Recording went down in the band's native Brooklyn and in Texas where — no joke — the crew lived on a pecan orchard. It was certainly a far cry from the sessions that produced the trio's raw 2003 debut Fever to Tell.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are already booked for two of the year's biggest festivals, Coachella and Bonnaroo, where they'll certainly be road-testing their newest tunes. The last time the Yeahs rocked New York City (an August '07 gig at Webster Hall) they tested out a new song and brought one of their sweatiest, passionate performances yet. Before the set ended with "Maps," Karen O gave fans a little preview of this newfound positivity: "This brings us to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs love song," she wailed as her parents looked on. "Love is real and this is for each and every one of you!"

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