OAKLAND — Thousands lined up and wrapped around the Fox Theater Monday to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs make their Bay Area return. After four years out of the spotlight, the garage rock trio proved it still had energy electrifying enough to send chills down your spine.
The group’s sold-out show celebrated the reissue of its debut album, Fever to Tell, which features bonus tracks and an accompanying documentary. A screening of the documentary, There Is No Modern Romance, started off the night. Set in 2003, the footage follows the group as it embarks on a U.K. tour just after the release of thealbum.
As the film reached the end, its namesake track, “Modern Romance,” played in the background. It eventually echoed throughout the venue and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs walked on stage. Soft and hazy, “Modern Romance” sulks over the temporariness of all things in life, giving the evening’s rarity a bittersweet tinge. Everything from lead singer Karen O’s isolated vocals to the crimson glow that outlined the band felt surreal, but the crowd, all smiles and cheers, seemed to cherish every second of it.
Following the sentimental start, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs kicked things into full gear with the hypnotic techno-punk tune, “Rich.” Karen O showed off some of her signature stage moves, from backbends to crotch-grabs and holding the microphone with her mouth. The rest of the set revisited much of Fever to Tell, including the infectiously lovesick “Maps” and the live debut of “No No No,” peppered with various hits like “Heads Will Roll” and “Gold Lion.”