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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 2014.jpg
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah performing in 2014
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, PA, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Indie rock, indie pop
Labels Wichita,
Uninhabitable Mansions, Radical Dads, Flashy Python
Members Alec Ounsworth
Sean Greenhalgh
Robbie Guertin
Lee Sargent
Tyler Sargent

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (often abbreviated CYHSY) is the musical project of American indie rock musician Alec Ounsworth. The group was founded in 2004 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Brooklyn, New York. Until 2014, the project operated as a band with drummer Sean Greenhalgh being a member for its entirety. Keyboardist/guitarist Robbie Guertin and brothers Lee (guitar/vocals) and Tyler (bass) Sargent were also a part of the band from its inception until their collective departure in 2012. Their debut album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, was self-released in 2005.


Early years

The band, whose members met years earlier at Connecticut College,[1] formed in the beginning of 2004 and played shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They are notable for achieving their initial fame and commercial success via the internet rather than through a record label.[2] Shortly after the release of their first album, they received attention from numerous MP3 blogs and a favorable review from Pitchfork Media,[3] who gave the band a "Best New Music" commendation. The ensuing demand for the album was so great that the band was forced to re-press the CD, as the initial production run was too small. They garnered even more press after David Bowie and David Byrne were spotted at some of the band's shows in 2005.[4][5]

On October 3, 2005, they were signed to Wichita Recordings in the UK.[] The band released their second album, Some Loud Thunder, on January 29, 2007, in the UK, and January 30, 2007, in the United States. Alec Ounsworth has said that he plans to professionally record some of his older songs for a solo release before moving CYHSY onward.[]

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were one of the founding contributors to the Yellow Bird Project, submitting a charity t-shirt in 2006 to raise money for Art for Change; a non-profit social organization based in NYC. The t-shirt was designed by the band's keyboardist/guitarist/backup vocalist Robbie Guertin.[]

On September 18, 2007, Live at Lollapalooza 2007: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was released on iTunes. It features the band's complete live set from Lollapalooza, professionally recorded on August 4, 2007. The band appeared in the 2008 film The Great Buck Howard.[6] In 2008, Lee and Tyler Sargent performed on James Lavino's score to the Alex Karpovsky film Woodpecker. The soundtrack also featured performances by Radiohead bass player Colin Greenwood.[7]


On January 21, 2009, it was reported that CYHSY abandoned plans to head to the studio to record their third full-length album and are "taking a break" while the band members pursue side projects.[8] The public hiatus was to take official effect after the band performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 13, 2009; however, on March 4, they performed a new song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, titled "Statues".[]

During the hiatus Alec Ounsworth released his solo debut, Mo Beauty, in late 2009 while concurrently releasing Skin and Bones, the debut album with his other band Flashy Python. Robbie Guertin and Tyler Sargent played in another project called Uninhabitable Mansions,[9] along with Annie Hart from Au Revoir Simone. Guertin also began playing drums in another band, Radical Dads.[10] Drummer Sean Greenhalgh produced records for a number of bands including Takka Takka, Conversion Party, Gabriel and the Hounds, Radical Dads, and Tom McBride.[]


May 2011 brought news of the third album, reassuring fans that they had not broken up. The band released Hysterical, produced by John Congleton, on September 12 in the UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia, and on September 20 in the United States. It was announced via a post on the band's official website with a video of the band rehearsing a few new songs from the album in the studio. A vinyl reissue of a remastered edition of the first album, released on June 14, 2011, was also announced. [11]A music video for "Maniac" was made by Belgian director Pieter Dirkx. It was released on September 14, 2011.[12]

On July 3, 2012, an email from the group's website stated that Robbie Guertin was leaving to pursue other interests and to focus on his other band, Radical Dads. A subsequent email from the website dated July 6, 2012, stated that Tyler Sargent's last show with the band would be on July 7, 2012, as he was "currently in the process of forming a presidential exploratory committee for 2016." [13] Lee Sargent also left the band after the July 7 show.

On August 1, 2013, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah digitally released their EP Little Moments on their Bandcamp page. It consisted of four songs, two of which were to be included in a different form on their forthcoming LP, Only Run. Little Moments featured a new sound for the band that included a heavier reliance on synths and drum machines and fewer guitars. The band recorded the EP in Alec Ounsworth's home studio, mixing and mastering the EP themselves.[] Additionally, 500 10 inch vinyl EPs were put on sale on the band's Bandcamp page.

On December 31, 2013, the band announced via email the completion of their forthcoming album called Only Run with a release date of June 3, 2014.[14] The album was mixed by Dave Fridmann. A new single, "Coming Down", was released via SoundCloud on April 1, 2014. The track features vocals from The National's Matt Berninger.[15] Following the release of Only Run, Greenhalgh left the band, leaving Ounsworth as the only member of the band.

On May 13, 2015, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah announced they would be re-releasing their 2005 debut self-titled album on CD and vinyl for its 10th anniversary, which will coincide with a North American tour. The album was released on June 2, 2015, and came with a 12-track cassette of solo acoustic recordings.[16]


Current members
Former members



Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Indie
2005 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • Released: June 28, 2005
  • Label: Wichita
-- 16 29 45 66 11 52 19 95 26
2007 Some Loud Thunder
  • Released: January 30, 2007
  • Label: Wichita, V2
47 2 35 75 88 23 -- 40 -- 45
2011 Hysterical
  • Released: September 20, 2011
  • Label: V2
122 20 -- 180 -- -- -- -- -- 198
2014 Only Run -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 The Tourist[27]
  • Released: February 24, 2017
  • Label: CYHSY Inc.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"--" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Live albums



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2005 "Is This Love?" 41 59 74 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
2006 "In This Home on Ice" -- 49 68
"The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" -- 67 149
2007 "Satan Said Dance" -- -- -- Some Loud Thunder
2011 "Same Mistake" -- -- -- Hysterical
"Maniac" -- -- --
2014 "Coming Down" -- -- -- Only Run
"--" denotes single that did not chart or was not released


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  2. ^ Cohen, Ian (June 23, 2015). "Musing the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 10th Anniversary Tour". Pitchfork. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Paul (September 2, 2008). "Clap Your Hands Play Tuesdays, Warm up for New LP". 
  4. ^ Newell, Aaron (June 25, 2005). "Cokemachineglow review of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". Archived from the original on July 2, 2005.  (includes mention of David Bowie sighting)
  5. ^ "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, meet David Byrne". Brooklyn Vegan. August 10, 2005.  David Byrne sighting at the Seaport Music Festival.
  6. ^ "The Great Buck Howard : Full Credits". Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Soundtracked - "Woodpecker" by James Lavino". Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Take Break, Not Breaking Up". Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Uninhabitable Mansions". Uninhabitable Mansions. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Radical Dads". Radical Dads. Retrieved . 
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  12. ^ "Video: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Maniac"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Members Leave Band". Pitchfork. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ ""Coming Down" - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah ft Matt Berninger [SoundCloud Audio". Zumic. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Coming Down" (Feat. Matt Berninger)". Stereogum. 2014-04-01. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 10th Anniversary album". Never Enough Notes. Never Enough Notes. Retrieved 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Billboard". 
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  19. ^ "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah albums" (in French). Syndicat National de l'dition Phonographique / Lescharts. Retrieved . 
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  21. ^ a b "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Irish Charting". Retrieved . 
  22. ^ "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Italian Charting". Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  24. ^ "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah In Der Schweizer Hitparade". Hit Parade. Retrieved . 
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  26. ^ "Chart: CLUK Update 24.09.201". 2014-07-13. Retrieved . 
  27. ^ "AllMusic - The Tourist". 
  28. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  29. ^ "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah UK singles". Music VF. Retrieved 2017. 

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