Posted in music | pictures on February 16, 2009

photos by Natasha Ryan

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah did not seem like a band thinking about calling it quits on Friday night, the 13th, at BAM. If anything, they seemed like a band on the top of their game - well rehearsed and with a strong enough catalog to keep people's attention for the 90+ minute show. Old hits were mixed with new songs that sounded great. According to the same person who first told me the band was taking time off, the new songs were the very new songs they had planned to record for their new album before cancelling scheduled studio time indefinitely. Hopefully they think about the image of 2000 cheering and dancing NYC audience members at this sold out Brooklyn show, and get back in the studio to put those songs on a record.

People love to hate on CYHSY, especially for their second album, but you wouldn't have known that from the standing ovation they got after the 5-song encore. As Loud Colors Bright Noises points out...

These guys really gave us some great music, and yet it seems that people feel the need to crap on them. No, I say! Not cool!
Frontman Alec Ounsworth usually doesn't say much, but at BAM he seemed in good spirits and said more than a few words (including something about how their set moves so quickly because they barely speak at all). Early in the show, keyboardist/guitarist/backup vocalist Robbie invited the crowd to move forward. From my view in the mezzanine I could see that having a front row seat no longer meant anything. The Opera House show looked like the rock show it sounded like.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

"Lead singer Alec Ounsworth was a bit precious, wearing striped pants, a green crocheted cap, and quavering, affected vocals. But he's written some irresistible hooks that flatter his artistic forebears as they command attention. "Is This Love" featured Philip Glass-like organ trills that repeat; "Upon This Tidal Wave of Youngblood" sounded like British new wave; "The Skin of My Yellow Country" has bent guitars like Built to Spill and vocals like David Byrne. In other words: a damned good show." [Feast of Music]
Alec loves those striped pants.

Chairlift opened the night. They were a good opening act, but I think they would have benefitted from a better mix (aka the sound sounded off from where I was). More pictures from the show below...

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CYHSY setlist

new song
Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away
Satan Said Dance
new song
In This Home On Ice
new song
Yankee Go Home
Is This Love?
Details of the War
Some Loud Thunder
new song
The Skin of my Yellow Country Teeth
Over and Over Again (Lost & Found)
Mama Won't You Keep Those Castles in the Air and Burning Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
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new song
Goodbye to Mother and the Cove
Gimme Some Salt
Clap Your Hands
Heavy Metal

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Comments (21)

alec is wearing one of the ugliest outfits I've ever seen in my life.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 2:47 PM

yeah ppl. stop hatin' on cyhsy.
that show was freakin amazing.

Posted by imkoreansowhat | February 16, 2009 2:53 PM

what a great show. it's hard to get a feel for just how detailed these guys' music is on their albums, but they totally brought it at the show.

Posted by jay | February 16, 2009 3:00 PM

chairlift >>>>>> cyhsy... though the mix certainly didn't do them any favors.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 3:13 PM

great performance but the seated theater scene doesn't really play into their show all that well. sure alot of people wanted to stand and actually get into it but the venue didn't really let them (not the rules just everyone was sitting) -

though at the same time i guess the other option is Terminal 5? so...its kind of a lose/lose situation.

also i will say there were alot of empty seats in the orchestra - almost an entire row next to me -

here's hoping the rest of the band learns to deal with mr. ounsworth's prickish tendencies and are able to continue to make music - bc together they work so well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 3:13 PM

don't go away cyhsy!

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 3:25 PM

that empty row in the orchestra must have been due to people rushing the stage, bc i tried to buy orchestra seats last week and there were only scattered single seats available.

First song of the show (a new song) was amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 3:32 PM

the new songs that opened the set and encore were both really great -

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 3:50 PM

ARE YOU KIDDING? THE SHOW WAS TERRIBLE. I DONT USUALLY LEAVE SHOWS EARLY, BUT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO OFF MYSELF IF I SAT THERE ANY LONGER LISTENING TO HIM WHINE ON.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 4:02 PM

Is it me or is Chairlift very boring?

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 4:05 PM

check out Chairlift playing @ Kid Rockers this past Sunday.... www.theyoungandhungry.com

Posted by seth | February 16, 2009 4:27 PM

ok. ok. hold on.

i've seen that bass rig at shitloads of Brooklyn and Manhattan shows. I don't think it's a rental company's. whose is it?

this is just one that i can think of off the top of my head, but it's everywhere.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/02/the_thermals_pr.html


Posted by dan | February 16, 2009 4:41 PM

what happenned to the bald guy with the beard who sounds like crap?

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 4:45 PM

@ 4.41 - too bad there were photos from other angles, cuz you can't see the bass rig in these.

also, the thermals borrowed their equipment from the bell house & pretty & nice.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 4:57 PM

YAWN YAWN and another YAWN!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 8:39 PM

chairlift was indeed pretty boring, even the itunes song.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 10:30 PM

Alec looks like Anton Newcombe in those pictures

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 10:37 PM

The new songs made the hairs on my arms stick up, especially the first one. CYHSY's third LP would have been a fucking scorcher. I hope they get it together and eventually record and release it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 12:10 AM

I like this band quite a bit.

I am less fond of striped pants.

You are welcome for my input.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | February 17, 2009 10:29 AM

The first album is really feel good. I don't know how you can't not like it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 12:33 PM

Fucking shite band. Only the most pretentious of hipster teats would lie about actually enjoying this band of derivative music with the raped cat vocals.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:59 PM

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