Monday, 26 May 2014

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH - SINGLE REVIEW

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - As Always 
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - As Always

Release Date: 2nd June 2014

I listened to the first half of this song four times before I was sure the beat was playing out the way it was intended and it wasn't just the internet playing silly buggers with me. Nevertheless, the beat is exactly the way American indie types Clap Your Hands Say Yeah intended it to be which is somewhat disconcerting. You see, 'As Always' is a lovely, gentle and slightly melancholy song with some heartfelt vocals on display but the beat for the first half of the song sounds like a semi-competent 11 year old drummer trying to keep time and I should know, I live with one. However, as the song progresses and the Elbow-esque crescendo builds the beat and the melody somehow reconcile and it all makes sense. I don't know how intentional this was but essentially CYHSY have created the musical equivalent of struggling through High School Maths classes until that glorious, relief filled day when you finally get trigonometry and all the clunky numbers in your head suddenly fall in to line. It's not quite Math-rock but there is something gloriously refreshing about the way this song presents a problem and then resolves it. Either that or my internet is playing REALLY silly buggers.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/clapyourhandssayyeah?fref=ts

Watch the video: http://pitchfork.com/news/55191-clap-your-hands-say-yeah-share-as-always-video-announce-tour/

Live Dates:

2nd June - U Street Music  Hall, Washington w/Stagnant Pools
3rd June - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro
4th June - New Brookland Tavern, Columbia
5th June - The Orpheum, Tampa
6th June - The Social, Orlando
7th June - The Masquerade (Hell Stage), Atlanta
8th June - Zanzabar, Louisville
10th June - The Mill, Iowa City
11th June - Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
12th June - Majestic Theater, Madison
13th June - Taste Of Randolph, Chicago
14th June - Grog Shop, Cleveland
16th June - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
17th June - Li Motore, Toronto
18th June - Brighton Music Hall, Allston
26th June - BSP Kingston, Kingston w/Stagnant Pools
27th June - Jonny Brenda's, Philadelphia
28th June - Music Hall of Williamsburgh, Brooklyn
24th July - Club Cafe, Pittsburgh
25th July - Fountain Square, Cincinnati
26th July - Old Rock House, St Louis
27th July - The Riot Room, Kansas City
28th July - Bluebird Theater, Denver
29th July - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City
30th July - Neurolux Lounge, Boise
1st August - Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver
2nd August - The Crocodile, Seattle
3rd August - Mississippi Studios, Portland
5th August - The Independent, San Francisco
7th August - Troubadour, Los Angeles
8th August - Casbah, San Diego
9th August - Pub Rock Live, Scottsdale
11th August - The Mohawk, Austin
12th August - Fitzgerald's, Houston
13th August - One Eyed Jack's, New Orleans
14th August - Bottletree, Birmingham
15th August - Miller Plaza, Chattanooga
16th August - The Grey Eagle, Asheville

17th August - The Camel, Richmond

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