Yeah Yeah Yeahs Release Music Video for “Wolf”
New York based indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs released a music video for “Wolf” on Oct. 31. The music video was directed by Allie Avital and features actress Britt Lower. “Wolf” is a song from Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ latest album, Cool It Down. Cool It Down is the band’s first release after they went on a hiatus in 2014 and the first project that they put out after 2013’s Mosquito.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs were an integral part of the early 2000s New York indie scene. Along with fellow bands such as The Strokes, Interpol and The National, they would go on to influence the sound of the genre for years to come. Some of their standout songs from that period include “Y Control” and “Maps”, nearly 20 years since they started out, the band is still putting out magnificent music, as evident by their latest album, which has gone on to receive a handful of Grammy nominations.
The lyrics for “Wolf”, though very up to interpretation, seem to describe someone feeling chained in a relationship and longing to be set free. They suggest that the narrator was once wild and free, now being shackled and locked up. The beginning line-” I’m hungry like a wolf”, echoes and references the classic Duran Duran song “Hungry Like the Wolf”. The song kicks in with a sharp synthesizer that will immediately pique the interest of any listener. The heavy use of synthesizer throughout the song is intoxicating and heavenly and is carried along with a steady persistent drumbeat. The several beat drops that accompany throughout the track will get your head bopping.
In the music video, we see actress Britt Lower at a table with what is assumed to be her husband. She looks outside the window and a bird that appears to be singing at her catches her attention. She leaves the room and follows the bird outside into the woods. She traipses through the forest, ending up cut and bloodied and even eating moss at a point. She finds herself in a bar in the middle of seemingly nowhere attending a live performance. This part of the video is surreal and absurd to the extent of being Lynchian. She finds herself back home at the end of the video, where she attacks and bites her husband. As she turns away, we get a final look of the husband’s face- which is in absolute shock and horror.