Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: indie indie rock seen live alternative indie pop rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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One of a number of post-millennial bands to use the power of the Internet to promote their music, this Brooklyn, New York, USA-based quintet emerged in 2005 as one of the most hotly-tipped ‘non-mainstream’ bands of the year. Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent, Robbie Guertin, Tyler Sargent and Sean Greenhalgh formed the rather clumsily titled Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at the start of the 00s. Their off-centre indie pop sound drew obvious influence from late 70s new wave bands such as the Modern Lovers and Talking Heads, with Ounsworth’s ‘quirky’ vocals in particular bearing more than a passing resemblance to the latter outfit’s lead singer David Byrne. Their self-titled, self-released and self-distributed 2005 debut sold a remarkable 40, 000 copies through word of mouth reputation alone, with fans regularly swapping MP3 files over the Internet and enthusiastically promoting the band through online forums and blogs. The backing of influential...

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