Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
|Clap Your Hands Say Yeah|
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah performing in 2014
|Origin||Philadelphia, PA, Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Genres||Indie rock, indie pop|
|Associated acts||Uninhabitable Mansions, Radical Dads, Flashy Python|
|Past members||Sean Greenhalgh
The band, whose members met years earlier at Connecticut College, formed in the beginning of 2004 and played shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They are notable for achieving their initial fame and commercial success via the internet rather than through a record label. Shortly after the release of their first album, they received attention from numerous MP3 blogs and a favorable review from Pitchfork Media , who gave the band a "Best New Music" commendation. The ensuing demand for the album was so great that the band was forced to re-press the CD, as the initial production run was too small. They garnered even more press after David Bowie and David Byrne were spotted at some of the band's shows in 2005.
On October 3, 2005, they were signed to Wichita Recordings in the UK.
The band released their second album, Some Loud Thunder on January 29, 2007, in the UK, and January 30, 2007, in the United States. Alec Ounsworth has said that he plans to professionally record some of his older songs for a solo release before moving CYHSY onward.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were one of the founding contributors to the Yellow Bird Project, submitting a charity t-shirt in 2006 to raise money for Art for Change; a non-profit social organization based in NYC. The t-shirt was designed by the bands' keyboardist/guitarist/backup vocalist Robbie Guertin.
On September 18, 2007, Live at Lollapalooza 2007: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was released on iTunes. It features the band's complete live set from Lollapalooza, professionally recorded on August 4, 2007.
On January 21, 2009, it was reported that CYHSY abandoned plans to head to the studio to record their third full-length album, and are "taking a break" while the band members pursue side projects. The public hiatus was to take official effect after the band performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 13, 2009, however, on March 4, they performed a new song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, titled "Statues".
During the hiatus Alec Ounsworth released his solo debut, Mo Beauty, in late 2009 while concurrently releasing Skin and Bones, the debut album with his other band Flashy Python. Robbie and Tyler played in another project called Uninhabitable Mansions, along with Annie Hart from Au Revoir Simone. Robbie also began playing drums in another band, Radical Dads. Drummer Sean Greenhalgh produced records for a number of bands including Takka Takka, Conversion Party, Gabriel and the Hounds, Radical Dads, and Tom McBride.
May 2011 brought news the third album, reassuring fans that they had not broken up. The band released Hysterical, produced by John Congleton, on September 12 in the UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia, and on September 20 in the United States. It was announced via a post on the band's official website with a video of the band rehearsing a few new songs from the album in the studio. A vinyl reissue of a remastered edition of the first album, released on June 14, 2011, was also announced. A music video for "Maniac" was made by Belgian director Pieter Dirkx. It was released on September 14, 2011.
On July 3, 2012 an email from the groups website stated that Robbie was leaving to pursue other interests and to focus on his other band, Radical Dads. A subsequent email from the website dated July 6, 2012 stated that Tyler's last show with the band would be on July 7, 2012 as he was "currently in the process of forming a presidential exploratory committee for 2016." Lee Sargent also left the band after the July 7 show.
On August 1, 2013 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah digitally released their EP Little Moments on their Bandcamp page. It consisted of four songs, two of which were to be included in a different form on their forthcoming LP, Only Run. Little Moments featured a new sound for the band that included a heavier reliance on synths and drum machines and fewer guitars. The band recorded the EP in Alec Ounsworth's home studio, mixing and mastering the EP themselves. Additionally, 500 10 inch vinyl EPs were put on sale on the band's Bandcamp page.
On December 31, 2013 the band announced via email the completion of their forthcoming album called Only Run with a release date of June 3, 2014. The album was mixed by Dave Fridmann. A new single, "Coming Down," was released via Soundcloud on April 1, 2014. The track features vocals from The National's Matt Berninger.
On May 13 2015, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah announced they are to re-release their 2005 debut self-titled album on CD and vinyl for its 10th anniversary, which will coincide with a North American tour. The album will be released on June 2 2015 and come with a 12-track cassette of solo acoustic recordings.
- Current members
- Alec Ounsworth – guitar, vocals, synths, drum machine (2004–present)
- Matt Wong - bass, producer 
- Former members
- Sean Greenhalgh – drums, percussion, synths (2004-2014)
- Robbie Guertin - keyboards, guitar, backing vocals (2004-2012)
- Lee Sargent - guitar, backing vocals (2004-2012)
- Tyler Sargent - bass (2004-2012)
- 2005: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (JPN No. 44, UK No. 26)
- 2007: Some Loud Thunder (US No. 47, JPN No. 40, UK No. 45)
- 2011: Hysterical (UK No. 198)
- 2014: Only Run
- 2007: Live at Lollapalooza 2007: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (iTunes release)
- 2005: "Is This Love?" (UK No. 74)
- 2006: "In This Home on Ice" (UK No. 68)
- 2006: "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" (UK limited vinyl – 1500 copies) (UK No. 149)
- 2007: "Satan Said Dance" (released 19 February)
- 2011: "Maniac" (released as a free download on 25 July)
- Thompson, Paul (September 2, 2008). "Clap Your Hands Play Tuesdays, Warm up for New LP". pitchfork.com.
- Newell, Aaron (June 25, 2005). "Cokemachineglow review of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". Cokemachineglow.com. (includes mention of David Bowie sighting)
- "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, meet David Byrne". Brooklyn Vegan. August 10, 2005. David Byrne sighting at the Seaport Music Festival.
- "The Great Buck Howard : Full Credits". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
- "Soundtracked - "Woodpecker" by James Lavino". Retrieved 2015-04-14.
- "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Take Break, Not Breaking Up". Retrieved 2015-04-14.
- "Uninhabitable Mansions". Uninhabitable Mansions. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
- "Radical Dads". Radical Dads. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
- ""Coming Down" - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah ft Matt Berninger [SoundCloud Audio". Zumic. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
- "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – "Coming Down" (Feat. Matt Berninger)". Stereogum. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
- "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 10th Anniversary album". Never Enough Notes. Never Enough Notes. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- "Matt Wong (Mattgwong11) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
- "CHART LOG UK: NEW ENTRIES UPDATE : COMBINED SINGLES (200) : Chart Date: 24.09.2011". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 107. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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