Guitarist & Basisst Quit Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Tomorrow’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah gig in NYC will be the last for two original members, according to the band’s website. In two posts, Tyler Sargent (second from right) and Robbie Guertin (second from left) issued a pair of heartwarming goodbyes. First up is the multi-instrumentalist Guertin:

Dear Clap Your Hands Say Yeah fans and friends,

I’m writing to let you know that our upcoming New York show will be my last with the band. Being a member of Clap has been an incredible experience, but I have decided to move on and see what’s next. I will continue to make music with my other band, Radical Dads, pursue miscellaneous artistic endeavors, and also grow some vegetables. I am excited to see what else might come my way. Maybe some tomatoes?

I feel so fortunate to have been a part of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and wish them all the best as they continue on without me. Thank you to everyone who listened and came to shows and supported us — you are truly the coolest!

If you want to say hi/bye, or let me know about any get-rich-quick schemes and/or legitimate employment opportunities, please write to

Thanks again for an amazing bunch of years! If you’re in town on Saturday, come out to the (free) show!


Bassist Tyler Sargent:

Hey everyone,

Just writing to let you know that Saturday’s show is going to be my last one with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

I am very proud of what this band has accomplished over the past eight years, and I will miss playing with such talented musicians. I wish Alec, Sean and Lee the best of luck with whatever CYHSY does in the future. I wish Robbie the best of luck with his musical and horticultural endeavors. As for me, I am currently in the process of forming a presidential exploratory committee for 2016.

I hope to see you on Saturday. Expect an epic bass solo.


(via the band’s website)

Tomorrow’s show, which happens as part of the CBGB Festival in Times Square, is free. Tyler’s twin sibling, Lee, will apparently remain in the band.

Comments (7)
  1. Losing 40% of your band generally isn’t good for your future.

    Ah well, we’ll always have the self-titled and “Emily Jean Stock”.

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  3. I tend to get a bit nostalgic about CYHSY’s debut around this time of year. I remember pre-ordering it before they “broke” and had a distribution deal, so I received a copy straight from Tyler’s Brooklyn apartment address, handwritten, and thought it was the coolest thing because their name was being shoved into our faces all over the blogosphere by that time. Bands are born by the blog’s typed words, they die by them, too, I guess.

  4. this band looks like it’s only surviving by the skin of t’s yellow country teeth.

    GET IT

  5. its too bad they made some questionable decisions after their debut. Their debut has some great stuff on it but its sort of marred by the cornier songs like satan said dance that came after…

  6. “I am excited to see what else might come my way. Maybe some tomatoes?”

    Ha. Such a dad joke.

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