Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Here’s what happens when bloggers write non-stop about a band: The rest of the world catches on a few months later. That seems to be the story with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Brooklyn/Philly based rockers who held off on signing with a major label, well, actually ANY label, for the better part of last year. But no matter how hard they try to stay indie, Clap Your Hands… may not be able to avoid the embrace of the mainstream. They’re on the front page of the Dec. 29 New York Times arts section and the cover of Time Out New York. Plus, they’ve got a sold-out New Years show at New York’s Irving Plaza. Before that, there was a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered, a gig on Conan, and they made it to number 18 on Pitchfork’s best albums of 2005…and let me repeat, they don’t have a label, at least not in the states. (They recently signed to Wichita in the UK, also home to other former buzz bands like My Morning Jacket, Bright Eyes, and Bloc Party.)

What causes all the excitement? It could be Alec Ounsworth’s summoning up a young David Byrne or the playful melodies. I converted to their side after initially writing them off as another Talking Heads clone with way too much hype. (Anyone remember The Walkmen?! They were supposed to blow up, but simply faded away.)

All this means you’ve got to get caught up, if you aren’t already. Start with the New York Times story, listen to “Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood” and check out their site.

Are they the next big thing? You tell us.