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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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East Coast indie rock outfit Clap Your Hands Say Yeah make artsy, finely crafted pop centered on lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth. The band was formed in Massachusetts around 2004, with Ounsworth (guitars/vocals/keyboards), Lee Sargent (guitars), Robbie Guertin (keyboards/guitars), Tyler Sargent (bass), and Sean Greenhalgh (drums). After the band moved to Brooklyn (with Ounsworth remaining in nearby Philadelphia), songwriting sessions began in earnest. The band'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 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 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. ~ J. Scott McClintock
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  2.   The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
  3.   In This Home on Ice
  4.   Same Mistake
  5.   Satan Said Dance
  6.   Better Off
  7.   Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)
  8.   Is This Love?
  9.   Fireproof
  10.   Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away
  11.   Gimmie Some Salt
  12.   Maniac
  13.   Hysterical
  14.   Clap Your Hands!
  15.   Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
  16.   Sunshine and Clouds (And Everything Proud)
  17.   Emily Jean Stock
  18.   Details of the War
  19.   Down (Is Where I Want to Be)
  20.   A Chance to Cure
  21.   Misspent Youth
  22.   Ketamine and Ecstasy
  23.   Idiot
  24.   Heavy Metal
  25.   Unfolding Above Celibate Moon (Los Angeles Nursery Rhyme)
  26.   The Pilot
  27.   Cover Up by Kid Koala
  28.   Coming Down by Matt Berninger
  29.   Yesterday, Never
  30.   The Witness' Dull Surprise
  31.   Yankee Go Home
  32.   Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning?
  33.   Blameless
  34.   Blue Turning Gray
  35.   Visiting Hours
  36.   Loose Ends
  37.   Blue in the Face
  38.   Beyond Illusion
  39.   Your Advice
  40.   Little Moments
  41.   As Always
  42.   Siesta (For Snake)
  43.   Into Your Alien Arms
  44.   In a Motel
  45.   Some Loud Thunder
  46.   Love Song No. 7
  47.   Goodbye to Mother and the Cove
  48.   Underwater (You and Me)
  49.   Upon Encountering the Crippled Elephant
  50.   Ambulance Chaser
  51.   Arm and Hammer
  52.   Five Easy Pieces
  53.   Impossible Request
  54.   Only Run
  55.   Adam's Plane
  56.   The Vanity of Trying

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