As evidenced on the EP, the band's sound is a bawdy brand of garage-punk minimalism. Nick Zinner is a guitar-fuzz master whose simple, cantankerous riffs are pounded by the jazz-style drumming of Brian Chase. Add Karen O's penchant for the risqué ("Take a swallow/ As I spit/ Baby!"), and you've got the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' recipe for rawk. This simple formula seems like it would get tiresome after a while, but, like the similarly outfitted White Stripes, it's amazing how much the Yeah Yeah Yeahs do with it.
Recently, the band canceled its highly anticipated appearances at two of Europe's biggest music festivals (Leeds and Redding) to work on its even more highly anticipated debut album, some of which will be unveiled for the first time on this tour. Expectations are incalculably high, and only time will tell whether the Yeah Yeah Yeahs prove to be the real deal or the Yeah Yeah Maybes.