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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

East Coast outfit Clap Your Hands Say Yeah make artsy, finely crafted indie rock. The group emerged to online buzz in the mid-2000s with their eponymous debut before gaining wider attention with albums like 2007’s Some Loud Thunder, 2014’s Only Run, and 2017’s The Tourist.

Centered on lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was formed in Massachusetts around 2004 and initially featured Ounsworth on vocals, guitars, and keyboards; Lee Sargent on guitars; Robbie Guertin on keyboards and guitars; Tyler Sargent on bass; and Sean Greenhalgh on drums. After the band moved to Brooklyn (with Ounsworth remaining in nearby Philadelphia), songwriting sessions began in earnest. The group’s full-length debut album, 2005’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, initially gained traction with help from a wide network of bloggers and Internet supporters. There was so much online interest in the band that NPR even did a feature on the emerging phenomena of Internet band buzz, using CYHSY as the prime example. Rolling Stone championed the cause further by heralding the group as a “Hot New Band” later that year.

Following the release of their debut, Ounsworth dabbled with his side project, Flashy Python & the Body Snatchers, while Greenhalgh’s Guns N’ Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone packed it up in June 2006. The rest of that year found CYHSY leaking out a few EPs before a second full-length record, Some Loud Thunder, hit shelves in 2007. The band continued to play shows and pursue other interests amid rumors that they had gone on hiatus, with Greenhalgh producing records for groups like Takka Takka while the Sargent brothers did some soundtrack work.

In 2011, the band quashed rumors they were splitting up by self-releasing their third album, Hysterical, and touring. Two members decided to leave CYHSY in 2012. Guertin went on to pursue other projects, while Sargent left to form a “presidential exploratory committee.”

CYHSY released a digital-only EP in 2013, which was the first sign of their change in direction with the presence of synths and drum machines. The tracks “Only Run” and “Little Moments” from the EP were to again feature on their next album, 2014’s Only Run, which also featured guest artist Matt Berninger of the National. Greenhalgh then parted ways with the band, leaving Ounsworth as the sole member. In 2017, the Ounsworth-helmed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah delivered the Dave Fridmann-mixed The Tourist. Following a tour, including live solo acoustic dates, Ounsworth returned with the band’s sixth album, 2021’s New Fragility.

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