Ever since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah released their (now indie classic) debut album, I have been trying to see them live. Not being 18, or being away at school had prevented me of doing so for quite some time. But alas, the stars aligned, and last night I finally got to see the band.
Although, all that’s left of the original lineup is singer/guitarist Alec Ounsworth and drummer Sean Greenhalgh. The other three members have now departed, and the band is now a 4-piece, instead of a 5-piece. No difference though, the band still played a great set mostly dedicated to songs from their debut album – as I hoped.
Alec’s vocals were something I was always curious about live. I’m sure people who aren’t familiar with the band find them off-putting at first, which is understandable. Last night they sounded just as they do live, with a little bit of an edge. His new backing band along with Sean sounded tight, and didn’t miss a beat.
They started the show with a rousing rendition of “Satan Said Dance” and from there they mostly treated fans to treats off their debut minus a few songs from Hysterical and one new song. From “Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away” to “Heavy Metal” to “Details Of The War”, the show was like a flash to 2005, when these songs first introduced themselves to me. It was great to finally see this band live, a check-off in my list of bands to see.
Openers Earthy Babes were playing their 4th show ever. If they hadn’t said anything, I would have never known. They put on a confident performance of classic sounding rock tunes with lots of energy and bounce. Check out their Still Earthly EP right here.
Find galleries of both bands below.
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