Last week, The New York Times reported that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs would be filming the video for "Despair" atop the Empire State Building in New York. That video premiered today on Noisey, and it marks the first time a music video has been shot atop the historic landmark. It follows the late night journeys of band members Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase as they converge at the building, climbing to its high reaching observation deck to rock out as the sun rises. Watch the Patrick Daughters-directed clip below.
Karen O spoke of the experience, describing it as an "impossible is possible" kind of moment:
I felt like I could give as personal a performance because of our history together. It was important to us that it felt intimate despite being filmed at one of NYC’s most famous landmarks and an international cultural icon. It was my first-ever trip up to the top of the ESB, top of the world, we were up there from 3am to sunrise, I’m guessing very few get to see that view from up there at those hours. I gotta say I had a ‘the impossible is possible’ moment up there with Nick and Brian. If someone would have sat us down at the Mars Bar years back and told us that we’d be performing our music on the top of the Empire State Building one day, we probably would have thought that’s the stuff that dreams are made of, not us, no way."