photos by Natasha Ryan
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.
"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...
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah...
Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away
Satan Said Dance
In This Home On Ice
Yankee Go Home
Is This Love?
Details of the War
Some Loud Thunder
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
Goodbye to Mother and the Cove
Gimme Some Salt
Clap Your Hands