Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

The Bowery Presents...

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Laura Gibson

Fri · April 28, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$16 - $18

This event is all ages

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
It has been 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah started, and they're about to release their fourth record, Only Run. Like the previous three, CYHSY will market and distribute the album independently. From the get go, this ethos struck a chord with fans, but it was merely an extension of lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth's core belief: "The general rule is to be appreciative of your audience," he recently told Fast Company magazine. "If you can organize and are motivated, you should approach fans directly."

So, 10 years later, while much has changed, many things aren't so different now. For instance, Ounsworth has spent all of 2014 thus far crisscrossing the United States playing living room shows. He still needs that direct connection with fans; it validates his vision of how art should work and confirms his belief in the music.

Before taking to the road, Ounsworth poured himself into the making of Only Run. Like the band's fateful first album, it's an artist's singular vision. Once again, Ounsworth crafted the songs himself before bringing them to the studio for completion and the album is further proof that CYHSY thrives because of a strong sense of identity. Fostered from his love of uncompromising songwriters (e.g. John Cale, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Tom Waits), Ounsworth believes in an artist's creative control. "Some people seem surprised when you shift gears aesthetically between records, but to me that's the point," he says. "We have a responsibility as musicians to take chances." Ounsworth continues, "There is a reason I have all of Tom Waits' albums, for example. I believe in him."

Only Run aims to loosely document Ounsworth's observations of his life in music over the last 10 years. "Lately, I've been assaulted by news, both distant and near, that suggests a certain sense of frustration," he says. "But Clap Your Hands Say Yeah—the entire concept of the band, the name itself—is about balancing optimism in the face of overwhelming odds. I'm coming around to this myself — finding that renewed sense of optimism."
Laura Gibson
Laura Gibson
Oregon singer/songwriter LAURA GIBSON is a remarkable lyricist with an unforgettable voice, writing about timeless questions of the human condition.  In past she has collaborated with Calexico, The Dodos and Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists), and her fourth album, Empire Builder, is out now on Barsuk Records.  

"Her best record to date...Gibson offers a cathartic tale of loss and redemption, set against a gorgeous sonic backdrop. She sounds newly confident, invigorated, and free."  - 7.7  Pitchfork 
"There isn't a song here that isn't a low-key delight." - **** Q

"A triumph" – 8/10, Uncut

"Ghostly wonder adorned with astonishingly beautiful EBow & strings. A record of striking refinement." – 9/10, Guitar & Bass

"Captivating." - **** Mojo
Venue Information:
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Atlanta, GA, 30307
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