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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Perform Atop Empire State Building in "Despair" Video

June 24, 2013  |  6:00pm

Move aside Beatles, we’ve got another world famous rooftop performance to gush over. The monumental video for “Despair” made its debut today on Noisey, which sees the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tackling one of New York’s most recognized structures.

Karen O and company became the first band to film their video atop the iconic skyscraper, serving as a wonderful metaphor for the band’s gradual rise to fame. The video, directed by Patrick Daughters, follows the band from the streets, subways and bars of New York to the peak of the Empire State Building for this once-in-a-lifetime performance.

“It’s hard to do something like that and not to feel like it’s symbolic” Karen O told The New York Times. “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.”

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