Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner Shares ‘Love Letter’ To Australia And Aussie Music Playlist Ahead Of Splendor In The Grass


Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner has written a ‘love letter’ to Australia ahead of the band’s next Splendor in the Grass appearance.

Shared yesterday (June 6) via Eat this music the “quick love letter” begins with Zinner reminiscing about the band’s very first Australian appearance, a 2002 gig in which they opened for Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in Brisbane.

Zinner then recounts “half a dozen times” they have visited Australia, including drummer Brian Chase’s “improv” tour and singer Karen O’s performance at the Sydney Opera House in 2012.

Noting the nine years since their last visit in 2013, Zinner described the band’s Australian absence as “almost an eternity in the band’s years”, before citing the country as “one of the [their] favorite places to play and visit.

Zinner also recalls “feeling helpless and angry” watching the devastation of the 2020 bushfires, and cites buying records and sighting native animals among the group’s “to do” list during their next visit to Australia.

Elsewhere in the letter, Zinner notes Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ appreciation for Australian music, specifically praising bands like The Avalanches, Amyl and the Sniffers, Total Control and The Native Cats, among others.

“We’re all big fans of Australian music, especially late 70s punk and post-punk bands, and the current explosion of inspirational acts… Most of my favorite rock music from the last 10 years approximately comes from Australia.

“I’m not sure what or how it happened, but in my opinion the best rock bands are in Australia right now… What’s going on there? It’s crazy and I love it,” Zinner wrote.

Zinner accompanied the letter with a playlist of his “Favorite Music from OZ”, which included bands The Birthday Party, Dirty Three and The Saints among his all-Australian song list. Listen below.

The post comes ahead of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ appearance at Splendor in the Grass later this month (July 22) as well as side shows in Melbourne (July 20) and Sydney (July 24).

Yeah Yeah Yeahs announced their new album “Cool It Down” earlier this month. It will mark the trio’s first album since 2013’s “Mosquito” and will feature lead single “Spitting Off The Edge Of The World” featuring Perfume Genius. In a statement, Karen O said writing “Cool It Down” “brought its share of chills, tears and euphoria.”

Zinner alluded to the new album in his post, “We’ve got a new record and a new breath of life/urgency from our last visit, and we really can’t wait to get back and play some music for y’all.” he writes.

In other Splendor-related news, earlier today the festival revealed its schedules and sitemap, along with line-up changes that see Pond and Tasman Keith join the line-up as Adrian Eagle , Mako Road and Surfaces drop out.


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