They didn’t break up after all.
Before Twitter there were still buzzbands, and the OGest of blog buzzbands was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They were from Brooklyn/Philly, they once played a show at the Knitting Factory that 31 people attended (30 with blogs, one named David Bowie), and overnight they were in the center of the music discourse. They became a model success story for think pieces on DIY music in the internet age, and enjoyed the backlash that comes along with overnight success. They released a more “difficult” second album Some Loud Thunder, carried Tom Hanks, and collectively grew quiet. (Individually, members went solo and collaborated with fellow Philadelphians Dr. Dog, others soldiered on in new projects like Uninhabitable Mansions and old projects like the Guns ‘N Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone.) And now they are back, with an updated clapyourhandssayyeah.com and a Twitter account (@cyhsyband) and a new record due in June produced by Walkmen/David Byrne/Modest Mouse studio vet John Congleton, who is a good fit given his credentials. (Also, the band’s promising a vinyl reissue/remaster of their self-titled debut, and some fall tour dates.) There’s a teaser video below, which features the guys enjoying the studio, and each other, and sounds that feature louder guitars, less anxious Alec vocals, and more horns than they’re used to. Due in September, here’s a peek at Hysterical:
No word as to whether the new song they played during Fallon’s early late night days, titled “Statues,” will be on it. But you can check that out here.
Clap Your Tour:
08/12-14 – San Francisco, CA (Outside Lands)
08/28 – Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Junction Festival)
09/02 – North Dorset, UK (End Of The Road Festival)
09/06 – Sheffield, UK @ Queens Social Club
09/07 – London, UK @ Scala
09/09 – Airport Tempelhof, Germany (Berlin Festival)
09/12 – Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
09/13 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg
09/14 – Cologne, Germany @ Gebaude 9