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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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

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