Filmed back in April, Yeah Yeah Yeahs took to the top floor of New York City’s Empire State Building to film what is apparently the very first music video at the building’s peak.
It sounds kind of strange to think that nobody has thought of shooting a music video there before, but all it took was the for the asking the building’s chief operator for permission to shoot for “Despair”, and he was down. Filmed over a six hour period just before dawn, the band are left to their own devices as they perform around the top floor in jovial fashion.
Speaking of the experience, frontwoman Karen O said:
“It’s definitely not just another cool day in the life of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was definitely an iconic moment. It’s hard to do something like that and not to feel like it’s symbolic – it’s like the American dream for us, singing your song on top of the Empire State Building, feeling like: man, where were we 10 years ago, when we were sitting around in some punk rock dive bar, thinking about what to name our band, and New York City, and now here we are at the top. It really felt dreamlike.”
“Despair” is taken from the band’s latest album Mosquito, which is out now.