Yeah Yeah Yeahs were born
when Karen Orzalek and Nick Zinner started a band called
Unitard. Unitard played slow, acoustic songs about love, much different than Yeah Yeah Yeahs now. There is not much known about Unitard, but they did release a song called "Year to Be Hated" (now performed as "Our Time" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on a compilation CD called "Yes New York."
In 2000, Karen and Nick decided to create a band that would make music totally different than what Unitard were playing. They decided to name the band "Yeah Yeah Yeahs", because as Karen says, "Itís something youíll commonly hear in New York City - I donít know if itís like a neurotic thing or if itís a remark like "Yeah yeah yeah, whatever," you know?Ē
After they decided on the name and logo for the band, Karen and Nick started actually writing songs. They searched long and hard for a drummer, but no one seemed to fit. Then, hours before their first ever show opening for the White Stripes, Karen called in a college friend, Brian Chase. Brian has been in the band ever since.
They released a self-titled EP in 2001, and their first full-length album, Fever to Tell in 2003. They are still touring in support of that album, and were nominated for a Best Alternative Album Grammy for it. (They lost to the White Stripes, in case you were wondering.)