New York indie-rock outfit Yeah Yeah Yeahs reached a new career high in June with the filming of its latest video atop the 102-story Empire State Building.
In what was reportedly a first for a rock band, the edgy, dancefloor-friendly trio led by flamboyant singer Karen O filmed the video for “Despair,” the second single from the band’s current album “Mosquito,” on the observation deck of the New York City landmark.
“No one had done it before, as far as we know,” wild-haired guitarist and keyboardist Nick Zinner said in a phone interview. “The odds were not in our favor, especially for a song like ‘Despair.’ But we were able to show them the song was about hope overcoming despair. We convinced them it was a bittersweet but positive song, and they totally got it.”
“Oh, despair, you were there through my wasted days,” Karen O sings. “You’re there through my wasted nights … ”
Last month, the band featuring Karen O, Zinner and drummer Brian Chase invited fans to submit their own videos of the song’s first verse by uploading them to YouTube or Vine and then tweeting a link with the hash tag #SINGYOURHEARTOUT. The deadline is Friday.
Karen O’s advice to fans: “This is not about how perfect you sound or how cute you look. This is about singing what’s in your heart and having a good time doing it.”
Fans can find lyrics on the official contest website: promos.interscope.com/sing-yyyour-heart-out .
The top 10 videos with the most votes will be the finalists. The winner will receive a surprise gift directly from the band.
Zinner has seen some of the videos, and he’s impressed.
“It’s really going to be hard picking a winner,” he said with a laugh.
“Mosquito” — a scrappy, danceable art-punk album with extra layers of texture and sophistication — is the band’s first album in four years.
The current tour includes a show Monday, at Marymoor Park. Formed in 2000, the band is drawing a new crop of fans.
“We’ve been around for more than 10 years now, and there’s a new generation of kids who’ve never seen us before,” Zinner said. “It’s crazy. We’ve never experienced that before. We’re meeting kids who say they first heard us when they were in the sixth grade. It’s really heavy.”
Thanks in part to more than a decade of experience as a live band and long breaks that have allowed the group to recharge, the current tour has been a blast.
“I think we’re one of the best live bands out there. It’s one thing I feel really good about. I usually don’t like to boast about anything, but I think some of the best shows of our career have been on this tour,” Zinner said.
“I don’t know if it’s the vibe of the audience or just us, but something is feeling really good and sounding really good. It’s totally intangible. Maybe it’s because we have more material to choose from. It’s different show every night. It just feels really strong.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 7 p.m. Monday at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $45-$75 (marymoorconcerts.com)