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

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