Yeah Yeah Yeahs become first band to shoot video atop Empire State Building
Never a band to follow the pack, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have once again one-upped hopeful musicians the world over by becoming the first to shoot a music video on top of the Empire State Building.
The New York Times reports that the group, fronted by Karen O, performed their new track ‘Despair’ in front of a small crew of two dozen from 2am until sunrise, on the viewing deck of the building, situated 86 floors up.
The footage features in the video for the track, which is the second single from their recently released LP, ‘Mosquito.’
Speaking of the shoot, Karen O revealed: “It’s definitely not just another cool day in the life of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was definitely an iconic moment.
“It’s hard to do something like that and not to feel like it’s symbolic – it’s like the American dream for us, singing your song on top of the Empire State Building, feeling like: man, where were we 10 years ago, when we were sitting around in some punk rock dive bar, thinking about what to name our band, and New York City, and now here we are at the top. It really felt dreamlike.”
Antony E Malkin, President of Malkin Holdings (operator of the Empire State Building) also shared his excitement for the shoot.
“The way I look at it is, why hadn’t this been done before? Credit to them for having the gumption to ask,” he said.
— Lucy Slight