- 06 Mar 17
One-time indie darlings thrive in the margins.
In the dim and distant mid-2000s, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were a new kind of sensation. With the rise of music blogging, it was suddenly possible for an unknown to surf to prominence in a heartbeat, and this Philadelphia band were among the first so elevated. Where they went Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend et al would follow.
This turned out to be bad news for the ensemble’s retiring singer Alec Ounsworth, who famously declined to sign a record deal and grew increasingly prickly under the spotlight.
But, as he soon discovered, in the brave new world of web-fuelled hype, insta-fame can quickly segue into overnight anonymity. By 2007’s Some Loud Thunder, Clap Your Hands’ quirkiness teetered on confrontational eccentricity and the cheerleaders evaporated as quickly as they had materialised.