Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Big Day Out side show in Sydney
Arriving to a sold out Metro Theatre in Sydney, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs take to the stage as a trio of seasoned professionals. The boys, Nick Zimmer and Brian Chase, clothed in all black, melodically jam awaiting the arrival of sequin-clad frontwoman Karen O, then straight into ‘Rich’ we go. Stalking the stage in an animal print cape and all white sequin twin set, Karen O crawls around her domain like a tigress, commanding our attention.
In quick succession, they launch into some new material with ‘Suck Your Blood’ from upcoming album ‘Mosquito’ (due for release April 16) before Karen turns to her audience and laments the last time they played ‘Rich’ at The Metro she danced her way off the stage, and thus needed to get that one out of the way.
The continued high pace is welcomed by the audience with the thundering beats of ‘Phenomenon’ causing the crowd to pulsate under the thumb of these New York babes. Karen, ever the standout lead, adds a sequin mask to her ensemble and releases a confetti explosion of coloured ‘Y’ cut outs over the crowd, causing faces to be covered in YYY’s for the rest of the night and setting everyone up for a voltage filled rendition of ‘Zero.’
You can see why these guys are still the business - as Karen departs the stage momentarily to a raucous audience crying for more, they have you in their grip. She returns with a black leather studded jacket emblazed with KO and the promise of a love song which is dedicated to the “banging babes of Stop the Virgens” and “all you lovers in Sydney tonight,” serenading with the beautiful ‘Maps.’
Before wrapping the set, ‘Gold Lion’ and ‘Heads Will Roll’ whip the crowd into a fevered frenzy that ensure they will be back for an encore, and true to form they return with ‘Turn Into,’ the masses chanting along “I know what I know” with their heroes on stage.
Suddenly the lights turn into a strobe spectacular and, to send everyone on their way, the poignant ‘Date With The Night’ pounds through the amps as a sweat-drenched Karen repeatedly helicopters her mic to the ground until - like the music - it is no more.
Written by Alex Wagstaff