- 24 May 18
Paul Nolan reports on a night of rip-roaring rock action in the docklands
If ever there was a band who are a testament to the beautiful power of simplicity, it’s the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Through a straightforward-but-brilliantly-effective light show, the exhilarating musicianship of guitarist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase, and the megawatt charisma of singer Karen O, they manage to make 3Arena feel like a dingy NYC punk club.
Quite possibly the lovechild of Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop (I thought that was Simon Coveney – Ed.), O is one of the best front-persons I’ve ever seen. There are some beautifully surreal touches as well, like the two giant inflatable eyeballs kicked out into the crowd mid-set – the sort of theatrical flourish RTE should introduce to liven up Prime Time debates.
Musically, this is simply a tour-de-force, with the band skipping masterfully between pulsating electro rhythms and wailing punk thrashes. Indeed, the only time they take the foot off the pedal is to get the crowd to sing happy birthday to Chase’s wife (“she’s travelled all the way from New York,” notes Karen), and for a truly stunning version of the exquisite ‘Maps’.