Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released a new single from their upcoming album Cool It Down (out September 30 via Secretly Canadian). "Burning" interpolates the Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons classic "Beggin," with the band and producer Andrew Wyatt flipping the piano-and-strings melody into a danceable, disco-inspired rock track. It's the second single off Cool It Down, following the June release of "Spitting Off The Edge Of The World" featuring Perfume Genius. Karen O shared the story of the lyrics:

Back when I was 19 living in the East Village, one night a roommate dragged me out of the apartment for an impromptu drink across the street, I left a votive candle burning on a plastic yaffa block which in my absence set flame to my room. Within an hour and a half of having one drink down the block firefighters had come and gone extinguishing the fire, I came home to find that a natural disaster had occurred (to my room) and most of my stuff, lost in the flames. All electronic goods were melted and demolished like my laptop, cameras etc. but oddly enough the items that held the most sentimental value remained intact like sketchbooks, a favorite sweater with hearts across the chest, and photographs. I had photos of my parents in their youth where the fire burnt around the two of them as if there was some intangible force field protecting them, many photos like that, mysteriously leaving the beloved subjects untouched.

If the world is on fire I hope the most beloved stay protected and that we do all we can to protect what we cherish most in this life. "Burning" is a song about that feeling, smoke signals for the soul. Begging to cool it down, just doing it the best we know how. Nick and I nodded to Frankie Valli’s "Begging," with the line "oooh lay your red hand on me baby." We’ve cut a rug to many a soulful sixties bangers in our day, it was in our DNA by the time we wrote "Burning."

Listen to "Burning" below, and pre-order Cool It Down on opaque yellow vinyl.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' upcoming tour dates include NYC on October 1 at Forest Hills Stadium with Japanese Breakfast and The Linda Lindas--tickets are still available. All dates are listed below.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- 2022 Tour Dates
September 18: Riot Fest @ Chicago, IL
October 1: Forest Hills Stadium @ New York, NY *
October 6: Hollywood Bowl @ Los Angeles, CA *
November 17: Guanamor Teatro Studio @ Guadalajara, MX
November 19: Corona Capital @ Mexico City, MX

* w/ Japanese Breakfast and The Linda Lindas

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