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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Premiere Video for “Sacrilege”

yeah-yeah-yeahs-sacrilegeThe Yeah Yeah Yeahs reveal the consequences of sex and sacrilege in their new video for “Sacrilege.” The video starts off with the residents of a town preparing a pyre on which they plan to burn a young woman and dead masked man. The story moves backwards in time, and we then see the girl being carried away and the masked man shot in the street. We discover that the masked man was a priest and the girl’s lover—one of her many, many lovers in the town. Jealous and vindictive, the townspeople turn against her and seek to crucify both her and her latest lover. All the while, we hear Karen O.’s voice alternating between the somber and the urgent as she whispers a chorus of “It’s sacrilege. It’s sacrilege,” in tones of awe and condemnation. Sounding like Yeah Yeah Yeahs at their best, the song builds to the end, when it breaks down into a triumphant gospel chorus that deliciously and ironically contrasts the song’s ever-present themes of retribution and damnation. “Sacrilege” is on the band’s upcoming album, Mosquito, which is due for release on April 16. You can watch the video for “Sacrilege” below.

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