Words By: Stephanie Jacoby :: Images By: Aaron Williams

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah :: 04.18.07 :: Variety Playhouse :: Atlanta, GA

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah :: 04.18
I have to admit, I never had any desire to see a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show, and trust me I've had plenty of opportunities to see them. But, I decided my distance would afford me the advantage of being an impartial, unbiased writer. And when all was said and done, I felt I'd done myself a disservice waiting this long to see them live.

With a somewhat newly released sophomore album in tow, Clap Your Hands hit the road with Elvis Perkins In Dearland (not Dreamland, as it was mistakenly written on the marquee) before commencing their international tour in early May.

Alec Ounsworth :: CYHSY :: 04.18
Clap Your Hands began their set with "Satan Said Dance," and so we did. We danced, and Alec Ounsworth sang with a voice as passionate as David Byrne, giving the band's performance a touch of Talking Heads-esque rock. As they played the opening chords to "Gimme Some Salt" an incredible surge of energy flowed from the stage to the back of the venue - a palpable force that kept even the most tepid fans on their feet as booming bass licks reverberated throughout the Playhouse.

Ounsworth's warbling vocals, thankfully, translated much better live than on Some Loud Thunder. Even the slower tunes made a much bigger impact in concert than the studio versions.

Lee Sargent :: CYHSY :: 04.18
About halfway through their set, I caught a glimpse of CYHSY's dark side in a long-winded jam, reminiscent of a Widespread Panic tune that dug deeper and deeper through their stereotypical indie-pop outer shell, bringing out the true musicians inside. The jam was accompanied by a short, colorful light show, and for a brief moment, my hair was standing on end - the feeling I usually get when I am so moved and uplifted by a live performance that the music makes me want to be a better person.

Unfortunately, there were a few sound glitches that interrupted the show every so often, the worst being right when the band was gearing up to play "Is This Love?" Ounsworth belted out the first line before deciding to nix the song entirely and start over again. What a tease. Most songs were perfectly executed but with the continuing sound issues and the unnecessarily dark stage lighting (as per the band's request), it felt like I was watching a green band on their first tour.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah :: 04.18
As Clap Your Hands began their descent towards the end, they invited their friend in Elvis Perkins In Dearland to join them. With a complete horn section, a huge marching band bass drum and Ounsworth singing through a megaphone, the two bands whipped up another dark jam, a tornado of sound spinning out of control a la the Beatles' "A Day In The Life".

Even though the band's energetic stage presence could use a little work, no one can argue with the quality of their music or their chemistry which keeps fans wanting more. After all, what kind of band would name themselves Clap Your Hands Say Yeah if they didn't feel like they could make you do so by the end of their show?

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Tall starstarstarstarstar Sat 5/19/2007 06:56AM
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Nice review Stephanie. Good pics too. I saw these guys last year and wasn't impressed. I do want to check them out again though...

kirkbrew starstarstarstar Sat 5/19/2007 07:42AM
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hnkscrpio starstarstarstarstar Sat 5/19/2007 12:09PM
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Almost as trite as making the comment you just did about this writer. Good review.

phishr82 starstarstarstarstar Sun 5/20/2007 12:58PM
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this is probably the best review i've ever read on here, because for once we have a writer who freely admits that they were not a fan going into the show. unfortunately, most of the writers on jambase seem to be the president of the fanclub of whatever band they are reviewing. mad props for being impartial going into the show!!!!

kaiserbun starstarstar Sun 5/20/2007 03:44PM
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good review, i'm not much of a fan though. saw them at bonnaroo last year and liked some of the songs. some of it was a little ridiculous though, especially the way the keyboard player acts on stage. jumpin up and down like and idiot while he was only playing one chord the whole time. oh well, i like some of the music and would probably check them out again at some point.

groovin12 starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/21/2007 08:07AM
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dude, if you weren't my roommate this story would totally SUCK!

keep up the great work! reviews speak for themselves.

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clap your hands and say YEAH, I was not there!!! lol

shimoner starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/22/2007 06:34AM
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Nice review Steph. Good to see you writing these days!

mlr4d Tue 5/22/2007 12:02PM
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i saw these guys in nashville and i thought it was a pretty incredible show considering they only have 2 albums out...nice review

memestein starstarstar Fri 5/25/2007 12:07AM
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does it make me a hipster if I find her use of the word stereotypical ironic?

Zapzapa Sat 12/8/2007 06:40PM
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good band