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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

In the middle of 2005, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were being touted as the hottest unsigned act in America. The band's self-titled debut -- a collection of off-center indie rock songs and quirky pop tunes -- was self-produced, self-released, self-promoted, and self-distributed, with a great deal of 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. Although the band eventually signed with a label, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah continued blazing their own arty trail, releasing albums that were unconventional but still accessible. Bandmembers Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent, Robbie Guertin, Tyler Sargent, and Sean Greenhalgh coalesced into a group after co-founders Ounsworth and Tyler Sargent laid the initial groundwork in Massachusetts. After the band moved to Brooklyn (with Ounsworth remaining in nearby Philadelphia), songwriting sessions began in earnest. A four-song demo introduced the band's sound, and a debut full-length appeared in 2005, with the subsequent Internet hoopla following hot on its heels. Rolling Stone championed the cause further by heralding the group as a "Hot New Band" later that year. By the end of 2005, CYHSY had signed with the U.K.-based label Wichita Recordings, which released the group's debut overseas in January 2006. Ounsworth dabbled with his side project, Flashy Python and 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 the group 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 bands 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 the band continued to tour. Two members decided to leave CYHSY in 2012. Robbie Guertin went on to pursue other projects, while Tyler Sargent left to form a "presidential exploratory committee." CYHSY released a digital-only EP, Little Moments, 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. ~ J. Scott McClintock
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

  1.   Song
  2.   The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
  3.   Same Mistake
  4.   In This Home on Ice
  5.   Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)
  6.   Satan Said Dance
  7.   Is This Love?
  8.   Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away
  9.   Gimmie Some Salt
  10.   Maniac
  11.   Hysterical
  12.   Clap Your Hands!
  13.   Down (Is Where I Want to Be)
  14.   Sunshine and Clouds (And Everything Proud)
  15.   Cover Up by Kid Koala
  16.   Only Run
  17.   In a Motel
  18.   Details of the War
  19.   Heavy Metal
  20.   Blue Turning Gray
  21.   Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
  22.   Yankee Go Home
  23.   Fireproof
  24.   Better Off
  25.   The Pilot
  26.   Impossible Request
  27.   Your Advice
  28.   Coming Down by Matt Berninger
  29.   Blameless
  30.   Yesterday, Never
  31.   The Witness' Dull Surprise
  32.   Siesta (For Snake)
  33.   Misspent Youth
  34.   Idiot
  35.   Adam's Plane
  36.   Emily Jean Stock
  37.   Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning?
  38.   Love Song No. 7
  39.   Five Easy Pieces
  40.   Upon Encountering the Crippled Elephant
  41.   Underwater (You and Me)
  42.   Arm and Hammer
  43.   Ketamine and Ecstasy
  44.   Goodbye to Mother and the Cove
  45.   Blue in the Face
  46.   Beyond Illusion
  47.   Little Moments
  48.   As Always
  49.   Into Your Alien Arms
  50.   Some Loud Thunder

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