July 03, 2005

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent, Robbie Guertin, Tyler Sargent, and Sean Greenhalgh. Lead singer Alec Ounsworth's on again/ off again David Byrne tone with it's homeless schizophrenic undulations is close enough to Byrne to resemble an old friend, but different enough to warrant a handshake in place of a hug. This isn't to say his vocals are wanting, far from it. I love the way Ounsworth sounds Byrneish on "Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood" and "In This Home On Ice". He doesn't always resemble Byrne, but the band... the band sounds like Talking Heads meets Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade in a glorious attempt to recreate the mid 80's.
The band has self-released their s/t debut - it can be found at insound.com here.

"Clap Your Hands Say Yeah" - tracklist
Clap Your Hands!
Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away
Over and Over Again (Lost & Found)
Sunshine & Clouds (And Everything Proud)
Details of the War
The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
Is This Love?
Heavy Metal
Blue Turning Gray
In This Home On Ice
Gimme Some Salt
Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood

+ In This Home On Ice
+ Over and Over Again (Lost & Found)
+ Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood

Alec Ounsworth has recorded and performed as a solo act as well. A nice collection of demos are available to download on his page here.
and right here...
Dee, Oh Dee - courtesy happy home records


  1. Great call I love these guys..Nail head you pounded it.

  2. p>b>w - glad you like it, little bro.

  3. This is my favorite new band... however, I would say his vocal stylization more closely resembles those of the Violent Femmes...

  4. As far as the vocals are concerned, I agree with the Violent Femmes analogy, but I also hear early Talking Heads as others have mentioned. For the music though, particularly on Over and Over Again (Lost & Found), I am reminded SO much of an old ‘80s Athens band – Love Tractor.

    All in all, I really like this band. At first, I wasn’t too sure they were anything special, but now that I’ve listened to the tracks again and again, the music has really grown on me. It’s not the vocals specifically or the instrumentation that stand out alone, but it’s the way the band works together as a unit. Very nice indeed!