KEXP @ CMJ 2011, Day 1: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

photos by Brittney Bush Bollay

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are about as indie and indie bands get. In fact, the band is an independent entity unto itself, having self-released all of their albums, starting with their magnificent 2005 self-titled debut. The post-debut hype that surrounded the band has since waned, partially due to unfairly lofty expectations for future releases, and partially due to repeated rumors of a break up. The band has assured fans that any hiatuses are temporary, an assertion proven true with the release of 2011’s Hysterical. The album is the band’s third full-length and features more of the same up-beat, fast-paced indie pop we are used to from CYHSY. The album’s first single, “Same Mistake,” was one of our Songs of the Day in September. To read more and for a free download of “Same Mistake,” click here.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah closed out Day 1 of KEXP’s live broadcasts from the Ace Hotel, presented by Toyota Free Yr Radio, and the lobby was at capacity for their 4:30 pm show. Alec Ounsworth and company kicked off their set with the aforementioned “Same Mistake” and brought the energy in the hotel to a boil. They continued with “Maniac” before slowing things down a bit with the somber “Misspent Youth,” both tracks also coming from the new album. The highlight of the set was another new song, “Ketamine and Ecstasy,” a frenetic (as you might have guessed from the title) but melodious jam that might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of me actually going out and getting my hands on a copy of Hysterical. They closed the set out with “Satan Said Dance,” a fitting end to the day for all those CMJ pass holders getting ready to get down in New York’s myriad venues and clubs Tuesday night.

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