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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

In the middle of 2005, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were being touted as the hottest unsigned act in America. The band's self-titled debut -- a collection of off-center indie rock songs and quirky pop tunes -- was self-produced, self-released, self-promoted, and self-distributed, with a great deal of help from a wide network of bloggers and Internet supporters. There was so much online interest in the band that NPR even did a feature on the emerging phenomena of Internet band buzz, using CYHSY as the prime example. Although the band eventually signed with a label, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah continued blazing their own arty trail, releasing albums that were unconventional but still accessible.

Bandmembers Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent, Robbie Guertin, Tyler Sargent, and Sean Greenhalgh coalesced into a group after co-founders Ounsworth and Tyler Sargent laid the initial groundwork in Massachusetts. After the band moved to Brooklyn (with Ounsworth remaining in nearby Philadelphia), songwriting sessions began in earnest. A four-song demo introduced the band's sound, and a debut full-length appeared in 2005, with the subsequent Internet hoopla following hot on its heels. Rolling Stone championed the cause further by heralding the group as a "Hot New Band" later that year. By the end of 2005, CYHSY had signed with the U.K.-based label Wichita Recordings, which released the group's debut overseas in January 2006.

Ounsworth dabbled with his side project, Flashy Python and the Body Snatchers, while Greenhalgh's Guns N' Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone packed it up in June 2006. The rest of that year found the group leaking out a few EPs before a second full-length record, Some Loud Thunder, hit shelves in 2007. The band continued to play shows and pursue other interests amid rumors that they had gone on hiatus, with Greenhalgh producing records for bands like Takka Takka while the Sargent brothers did some soundtrack work. In 2011, the band quashed rumors they were splitting up by self-releasing their third album, Hysterical, and the band continued to tour.

Two members decided to leave CYHSY in 2012. Robbie Guertin went on to pursue other projects, while Tyler Sargent left to form a "presidential exploratory committee." CYHSY released a digital-only EP, Little Moments, in 2013, which was the first sign of their change in direction with the presence of synths and drum machines. The tracks "Only Run" and "Little Moments" from the EP were to again feature on their next album, 2014's Only Run, which also featured guest artist Matt Berninger of the National. ~ J. Scott McClintock, Rovi
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Fun comments sections here. The good genome gave me this band around five years ago, and I gobbled it up. The tipsy voice is fine by me. Off-kilter music is often the only thing that can put me in the most suitable degree of kilter.
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alidavink
In this home on ice... upon this tidal wave... wow. I love this band and thing they offer such a unique sound. :)
dig it.
ledobler
There is something endearing about the singer's voice. It is not meant to be technically brilliant, just weirdly melodic.
mradowski
Man these guys suck. In the world of indie music, don't waste your time with these a$$-bags.
mradowski
I'm not sure if they sing every song like they do "Gimmie Some Salt", but I hope not. I cannot tell if the guy sounds really wasted or a few chromazones short of a six pack, but it is not good and should have not even been thought up, let alone recorded and released as music.
You still have not addressed the fact that he used "Nerd" as an insult. Nerd is commonly used as an insult to the intelligent. This shows that guy was no different then the morons who insult the intelligent simply for being intelligent.

Also, I enjoy what I find good. I however, cannot condone someone insulting someone simply for the way they appear.

Judge things based on what they are.

Also, on your point that I try to sound "smarter" than everyone else?

I don't have to try, I am.
CYHSY is my favorite band to create to. Anytime I hear the song "By The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth", i almost impulsively have to start drawing/writ i n g something. :)
indigomood82
i love these dudes
BlackJack you are, simply put, a tool. I love Clap your hands but I dislike you. You are an a** who thinks they are smarter than everyone and try to prove it by talking big without saying anything. Intelligent people do not embrace the different they are simply open to it, unlike you and the different opinions you are rejecting. You value new and different as a way to bump your "nerdy" status by being the first geek to like something you think it gives you more credit.Diffe r e n t isnt always good.
i just discovered CYHSY through the whip it movie soundtrack. have to say i really like this. it puts me in a good mood and makes my heart feel happy.
Yes because "Nerdy" is such a good insult. F**k you. Original music comes along and the mouth breathing majority of imbeciles scoffs because its different from they are used to. The intelligent embrace that which is different, if not only to escape the idiocy of the world.
I can't stand the vocals....I don't question their talent or work ethic....but still "monotonous hipster indie type" nerdy!! uh grooves? ..wonder what the demographic for this fan base is? Best of luck....I do now that this band works very hard.
thebrightlig h t s
I'm sorry, I've grown to love some pretty eccentric voices in music but I just can't stomach Alec Ounsworth's. . . it's a shame because I can hear that they're a talented group musically, the vocals kill it for me.
haters
whining whimp whaler way gay s**t
Hipster rubbish. Crap musioc like that should not be allowed to infest brooklyn.
leslie.rosen b e r g
why aren't we listening to more Talking Heads?
Its to bad anybody has to read what Wade Wilson says.
rdsxglly
David Byrne
that's not true, Wade Wilson. not all people listen to bloggers. i mean, i'm not listening to you. like, seriously, i have my hands covering my eyes and ears and everything.
"And the kids are alright"...L i s t e n to it. There's just a tiny musical allusion to it. Yep.
just had my son say he was going to their concert and so here I am listening to them and they are very good. I definitely will have them on my stations.... g o o d is good and ages have no defintion
Quirky original weird sounding voice that I can't get enough of. First album was excellent. Second album is listenable, but isn't up to the same quality as the first IMO.
I remember hearing someone say that the singer sounds like "a dying hyena." I have to say that his voice could not be described more accurately. But these guys are great anyway, especially the first cd. I haven't really heard the second one though.
jesus658
Clap clap clap! 8^)
japhyrider54
funny stuff bromide, unoriginally original, kind of like my comment here!
bromide01
Well, my brother went to school with the Talking Heads and REM and he heard from those bands that they both hated this band so this band changed their name by adding an "and" to their name.
sarahcarpedi e m
can someone please take out the and?
My brother's known about these guys for years, since he went to college with a few of them. He played the first album for me last summer and I went nuts. It reminds me so much of Talking Heads and early - really early - REM.

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