Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is excited to release the video for “Hysterical,” the titular track off their latest album. Their first-ever official music video, the Kris Moyes directed “Hysterical” was premiered via MTV.com and was featured on MTV2’s “120 Minutes.”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah also confirmed a spring tour, which takes them from the Casbah in San Diego on May 18th to Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore on June 12th. The tour is in support of Hysterical, which NPR praised as “some of the best songs of its career…Hysterical balances the exuberance of the band’s first album with beauty and reflection.” Rolling Stone noted “the low-fi haze and ramshackle post-punk of the first two records by these self-made indie heroes are mostly gone on album three, replaced by confident songs festooned with shiny hooks.”
Their first new album in more than three years, Hysterical marks a major milestone in the continuing evolution of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Born out of an intensely collaborative process in which songs were constructed, dismantled, and then rebuilt anew, the album finds the band – Alec Ounsworth (guitar, vocals), Robbie Guertin (guitar, keyboards), Lee Sargent (keyboards, guitar), Tyler Sargent (bass guitar), and Sean Greenhalgh (drums, percussion) – at their most confident and creative, expertly expanding upon its already distinctive sound.
CYHSY first came together in 2004 and quickly earned critical and popular acclaim with the 2005 release of their self-titled (and self-released) debut. They toured nearly non-stop, pausing only to quickly record 2007’s Some Loud Thunder before hitting the road once more. As such, the band were understandably feeling a bit spent when the time came to consider Album No. 3. They briefly began woodshedding material in early 2009 but soon came to an agreement that perhaps a break was in order.
Having come close to the brink, the extended gestation period that led to the new album sees CYHSY returning to action with rejuvenated strength and a spirit of true intent. With Hysterical, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah came together and crafted something that feels fresh, invigorating and new, no less so than to the band themselves.
“Even after three records,” Ounsworth says, “it almost feels like the beginning.”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah tour dates:
5/18 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
5/19 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
5/21 – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA
5/22 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
5/23 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
5/25 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
5/25-5/28 – Sasquatch Music Festival – Quincy, WA
5/26 – Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
6/1 – The Happy Fun Time Fest – Dallas, TX
6/2-6/3 – Free Press Summer Festival – Houston, TX
6/4 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL ^
6/5 – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL ^
6/6 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL ^
6/10 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA ^
6/11 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC ^
6/12 – Ram’s Head Line – Baltimore, MD ^
^ = w/ Two Door Cinema Club