Just in time for Riot Fest, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have graced us with a brand-new single: “Spitting Off the Edge of the World,” their first release in 9 years. The song is the first single off their upcoming fifth studio album Cool It Down (out September 30), as well as their first release with new label Secret Canadian. Listen below.
“Spitting Off the Edge of the World” is a bombastic return for the band, equipped with an excellent Perfume Genius collaboration. If the rest of Cool It Down sounds like this, we’re in for a treat: the wait for a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs record has been long (the group’s last release was the 2014 album Mosquito), but it certainly sounds like it’ll be worth it. Karen O seems to feel the same, per a statement accompanying the single:
“To all who have waited, our dear fans, thank you, our fever to tell has returned, and writing these songs came with its fair share of chills, tears, and euphoria when the pain lifts and truth is revealed,” Karen O said in a statement. “Don’t have to tell you how much we’ve been going through in the last nine years since our last record, because you’ve been going through it too, and we love you and we see you, and we hope you feel the feels from the music we’ve made. No shying away from the feels, or backing down from what’s been gripping all of us these days. So yes we’ve taken our time, happy to report when it’s ready it really does just flow out.”
With a new album on the way, there’s no better time to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs—and thankfully, we have them playing Riot Fest this year on Sunday, September 18 (get your tickets here). Hopefully we’ll see you then.