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Watch: Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Despair”

Timothy Grisham / June 24, 2013
Photo Source: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Photo Source: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Living almost every New York based band’s dream, Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their new video, “Despair”, filmed on the top of the iconic Empire State Building.

“There’s been a lot of career highs and lows over the years of being in a band, but in the end, how many can say they shot a video on the top of the Empire State Building? We win,” said Karen O in a press release. “Move out the way, King Kong, Yeah Yeah Yeahs are gonna get real with you up in this piece!”

For the video the group teamed up again with Daughters, who directed the band’s breakthrough “Maps”.

“I felt like I could give as personal a performance because of our history together. It was important to us that it felt intimate despite being filmed at one of NYC’s most famous landmarks and an international cultural icon. It was my first-ever trip up to the top of the ESB, top of the world, we were up there from 3am to sunrise, I’m guessing very few get to see that view from up there at those hours.” Said Karen O, continuing, “I gotta say I had a ‘the impossible is possible’ moment up there with Nick and Brian. If someone would have sat us down at the Mars Bar years back and told us that we’d be performing our music on the top of the Empire State Building one day, we probably would have thought that’s the stuff that dreams are made of, not us, no way.”

Check out the video below.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Despair”:

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