Is Is

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Is Is
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EP by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Released July 24, 2007
Recorded Stratosphere Studios, NYC
Genre Indie rock, art punk, garage punk
Length 17:47
Label Interscope (U.S.)
Polydor (UK)
Producer Nick Launay, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs chronology
Show Your Bones
(2006)Show Your Bones2006
Is Is
It's Blitz!
(2009)It's Blitz!2009
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singles chronology
"Cheated Hearts"
(2006) Cheated Hearts2006
"Down Boy"
(2007) Down Boy2007
(2009) Zero2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic(78/100) [1]
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [2]
The A.V. ClubC [3]
Drowned in Sound(7/10) [4]
Hot Press(favorable) [5]
The New York Times(favorable) [6]
NME(8/10) [7]
Now4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media(8.2/10) [8]
Prefix Magazine(positive) [9]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention) [10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars [11]
Stylus MagazineB+ [12]

Is Is is Yeah Yeah Yeahs' third EP released on July 24, 2007. Songs for the EP were written in 2004 in between touring behind the band's first record Fever to Tell. The song "Down Boy" was #61 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[13]

The EP[edit]

Written amidst a turbulent and emotionally unstable period in YYYs history, the angst that colored that time translates into a sexually charged body of songs. On their choice of producer, Karen O intones: "Nick Launay was the natural choice having produced PiL Flowers of Romance, collectively a favorite between us. I put that record on and want to stuff my mouth with raw hamburger meat."[14]

The EP has been released on CD, double 7" vinyl, USB flash drive and digital download.

"Down Boy" was originally released as a split single with Liars only released in Australia and Japan. The album title is an extraction of the fourth track song Isis, which in turn is an extraction of the Egyptian goddess Isis.

The video[edit]

The band made a live film to accompany the EP with co-directors K. K. Barrett and Lance Bangs. Recorded in night vision at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on 7 May, the band played two sets that night to 100 fans each time—the first for a mixed audience and the second for females only. There will be two filmed versions of lead track "Down Boy"—one live, and one to EP audio.

Three of these live videos, and the EP audio version of "Down Boy", have been uploaded to their official YouTube channel.

Track listing[edit]

1."Rockers to Swallow"3:14
2."Down Boy"3:54
3."Kiss Kiss"2:45
5."10 x 10"3:44



The EP debuted at #44 on the Top 100 Canadian Albums Chart.[15]

The EP was not chart eligible in the UK due to the fact that the EP was too short to enter the albums chart and too long to enter the singles chart.

The EP peaked at #37 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart in August 2007.


  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Is Is (EP)". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Is Is - Yeah Yeah Yeahs". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  3. ^ Gordon, Scott (2007-07-31). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Is Is". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  4. ^ Kharas, Kev (2007-07-26). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is EP". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  5. ^ Walshe, John (2007-08-16). "Is Is". Hot Press. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  6. ^ Chinen, Nate (2007-07-29). "Billie Holiday Remixed, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs Recharged". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  7. ^ Nicolson, Barry (2007-07-30). "Yeah Yeah Yeah's: Is Is". NME. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  8. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (2007-07-24). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Is Is EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  9. ^ Motley, John (2007-07-25). "Album Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is EP". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Yeah Yeah Yeahs". Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  11. ^ "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  12. ^ Weber, Theon (2007-07-25). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is EP - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  13. ^ No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21
  14. ^ "IS IS isn't your mommy or daddy's EP" (Press release). 2007-06-15.
  15. ^ Sum 41's 'Hero' debuts at No. 1

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