Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Metro in Chicago, photo by Josh Darr

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back.

As of Friday, the band's new album Cool It Down is here. It's their first in nine years, out now via Secretly Canadian. As we previously mentioned, the band celebrated last week with an intimate pre-release show in Chicago and on Thursday night, they performed the song "Burning" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as part of the Los Angeles-based ABC late-night host's week of shows in Brooklyn.


Of the album, which found the band joining forces with producers Dave Sitek, Justin Raisen and Andrew Wyatt, lead singer Karen O shared the following message with fans.

“Music has been a lifeline for me and Nick (Zinner) and Brian (Chase) over the last 21 years, as it is for so many people. It’s a safe haven for big emotions. So in 2021 when we could be together again, all the joy, the pain, and deepest gratitude for music came pouring out of our hearts song after song.

For a lot of the songs on this record, we’re giving voice to the feelings I want to hear reflected back to me in music. It’s confrontational, and it’s emotional, and it’s addressing things that nobody wants to look at. As an artist, there’s a responsibility to do that. I know when I feel that reflected back to me, I’m so grateful, because it makes me feel less crazy and less alone in the world. That’s where music reigns. This record was a chance for us to use that superpower. This record feels like it has a different kind of urgency.

Cool it Down is out now and is, in many ways, our love letter to you who have been waiting, hanging in there, and to you who have just found us Yes! We are so happy to be back! Yes! This baby is OUT! Wait! They don’t love you like we do."

Hear the new album below.