Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Karen O (vocals); Nick Zinner (guitar); Brian Chase (drums).
Recorded at The Funhouse, New York, New York.
Karen O makes an entrance worthy of Warhol or Lee Van Cleef on her Yeah Yeah Yeahs debut EP, introducing herself on "Bang" with an unmistakably sexual growl, a rock-&-roll hunger somewhere between Mick Jagger and Jon Spencer. It's the sort of game-changing bravado that cannot be ignored. And when she primally screams about sex and desperation and madness over sonic blasts of noise and melody that conjure up second wave punk and new wave and early hardcore, often on the same song, it's exciting, almost stunning; it's clearly one of the more important EPs of its era.
Rolling Stone (8/8/02, p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A punk-rock dream come true...you should get a jolt out of every song....It's a truly inspirational sound, as well as a headache-inducing racket..."
Spin (1/03, p.72) - Ranked #28 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...Drums whip-crack, surf-punk guitars claw your back like chipped nails, and vocalist/train wreck Karen O. howls like a cat in heat on a hot Brooklyn roof."
CMJ (7/8/02, p.12) - "...The YYY's are New York City's answer to self-indulgence. This EP will spoil and tease you hard."