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These days Alec Ounsworth is the only original remaining member of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It’s an odd thing to see, as the debut album that they original lineup release was for sure one of the reasons I’m doing what I do now on this blog. Either way, I’m just happy that Ounsworth has kept the band going, releasing a new album called Only Run earlier this year.
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - As Always - Music Video

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have a new album called Only Run coming out on June 3. We already heard the Matt Berninger featured first single and title track, and they have since followed that up with the release of a new music video.

The video is for album cut “As Always” and it was directed by David M. Helman. It features a man having a long wild night. The song itself is just about as strong as “Only Run”, so it bodes well for the rest of the album.

Catch the video below.
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Only Run is the new album from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and it’s out June 3 (they’re self-releasing it). They’ve let go of the album’s first single, a heavy hitting track that features the vocals of the one and only Matt Berninger (of The National).

It’s weird hearing the strained vocals of CYHSY’s Alec Ounsworth and the deep rich vocals of Matt Berninger working together and even dueting. As a longtime fan of both bands, it’s a very cool (if not surreal) moment.

Stream it below and head to the song’s soundcloud page to grab a free mp3 download.
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Release New EP / Announce New Album

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2013 — with 1 comment

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Little Moments EP

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah took to facebook today to announce some big news. They finished tacking a new album which will be mixed by Dave Fidmann, and is scheduled for a January 2014 release. But we do get some new music, as they’ve also released a brand new EP.

The EP titled Little Moments is available to stream at bandcamp and features two a-sides that will be on the album, as well as two b-sides. The EP will be released on limited vinyl that will be signed and numbered (only 500 of them are made).

You can stream the EP below right now.

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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Earthy Babes:

[new] Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Maniac

By Will Oliver, July 26th 2011

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have released a new song entitled “Maniac” for free. It’s gonna appear on their new album, Hysterical, which comes out in September.

“Same Mistake” was evidence that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah still got it, and now we got “Maniac” to prove it was no fluke. It’s a solid cut that expands on the quirky sound that CYHSY has made their own. The band’s playing is tighter than ever before and it really shows.

[mp3]: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Maniac

That’s the album art posted above. Check out the tracklist:
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[new] Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same Mistake

By Will Oliver, June 22nd 2011 — with 1 comment

Bonnaroo was the time of my life but damn it ruined me. I’m still playing catch up as you can see. While I was recovering, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah dropped a new song called “Same Mistake”, that will be on the bands new album, Hysterical, that they will self released on September 12th.

“Same Mistake” sounds like the CYHSY that I fell in love with. The band took some time off after album #2, and it seems like it did them some good. “Same Mistake” is a feel good track that sounds like it came naturally to the band. It glows warm with uplifting strings that only add to the tasty harmonies that rise to the surface.

If the rest of the album is this good, we’re looking at quite the comeback, folks.

[mp3]: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same Mistake

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Announce New Album: Hysterical

By Will Oliver, May 19th 2011 — with 3 comments

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have announced that they will release a new album called Hysterical sometime in September. The band updated their site with a teaser video showcasing the band working on new material in the studio, along with new tour dates, and the following message:

We have a new album coming out! It’s called Hysterical, and it will be available on September 20th in the US, and September 12th in the UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia. It was produced by John Congleton.

We’re also re-issuing our fully remastered first album on vinyl. We always thought the vinyl could sound better – now it does! Available June 14th.

It’s been a long, long, time since we’ve heard new music from CYHSY. Their debut album was a big reason why I became interested in following blogs, finding new music, and even starting my own. People have been way too hard on these guys. I think they will come back with an incredible third effort that will make it feel like ’05 once again.

Watch the video and check out the tour dates, all posted below:

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Hysterical from CYHSY on Vimeo.

Tour Dates:

Aug 12 – 14 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
Aug 28- Los Angeles, CA -Sunset Junction Festival
Sep 2 – North Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival
Sep 6 – Sheffield, UK – Queens Social Club
Sep 7 – London, UK – Scala
Sep 9 – Airport Temepelhof, Germany – Berlin Festival
Sep 12 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
Sep 13 – Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
Sep 14 – Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9

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