Sunday, April 10th, 2011
TV On The Radio cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Frank YangIf there’s anyone who has the know-how to cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs, it’d be fellow Brooklynites TV On The Radio. Both emerged as leaders of the Brooklyn scene around the turn of the century and TVOTR axeman David Sitek produced all of their albums, including their debut Fever To Tell, which closed with the stark and meditative “Modern Romance”.
So it’s not surprising that their 2004 single for New Health Rock, taken from their full-length debut Blood Thirsty Babes, would simultaneously stay faithful to the original while sounding distinctively TVOTR – if anyone could pull that off, it would be the man behind the boards for each band.
TV On The Radio’s new record Nine Types Of Light is out this week and the band are following up with a tour that hits the Sound Academy in Toronto on April 18. Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been quiet since the release and tour cycle for 2009’s It’s Blitz, but they’re not on any kind of official hiatus so one would expect some new material coming from them hopefully sooner rather than later.