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Formed in 2000, Brooklyn trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is finding attention in a rock environment rife with revivalism and minimalism. Coming up surrounded by the hype of the Strokes and White Stripes would seem mighty intimidating. But the Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- bass guitarist Nick Zinner, drummer Brian Chase and singer Karen O -- swagger through stomping, serrated sleaze-rock of their self-titled debut EP as if their only care in the world is balling and brawling.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs thrusts open with "Bang," in which Karen O -- moaning "the bigger the better" through what must be gritted teeth and bloodied, pursed lips -- welcomes us to a world of turn-ons and fuck-offs. Over the course of five songs, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs strangulate new wave and roots rock, pounding it with punk till it's black and blue. Sounding like "Crimson & Clover" as played by a drunken slide guitarist, "Our Time" closes the EP with Karen O crooning, "It's the year to be hated. So glad that we made it."

With as gripping a debut as this, it's unlikely the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' will be hated this year -- except maybe for not launching 2002 with a full-length. Still, Yeah Yeah Yeahs does what a good tease should: It leaves you wanting more.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs play the Echo Lounge Tues., March 19.


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