It’s hard to believe it’s been a full decade since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah released their unforgettable, and still phenomenal, self-titled debut album. I was about 15 years old at the time, just beginning to discover music blogs, as well as the depths of the indie music world. Seeing the reaction and general excitement that blogs had surrounding the release made me interested in this world, and was a definite influence in starting a blog of my own. So in many ways, I owe a lot of what has happened with We All Want Someone to Alec Ounsworth and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
This summer Clap Your Hands Say Yeah toured in support of their debut album, playing the entire album from start to finish, and then finishing off with other favorites from their career, both old and new. They stopped in to play the album in early August, with a pair of sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom.
I caught the second show, which was opened by Wilmington, Delaware group Teen Men, the new group of The Spinto Band’s Nick Krill (as well as former members Joe Hobson and Albert Birney, along with Krill’s wife Catharine Maloney) who also happens to play guitar and keyboards these days in Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. These days, Ounsworth is the only original member from the band’s debut album days, with the rest of the group filled out by Matt Wong (bass) and Patrick Berkery (drums)
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