Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Tickets
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As the traditional recording industry crumbled in the early 2000s, the model of releasing music via CD in record stores quickly became a thing of the past. Bands were literally giving their music away for free, just to get their names out there and convince people to attend their live shows. A few even went a step further, distributing their music to the masses by streaming tracks on websites so that everyone with an Internet connection could hear their work. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! was one of the bands who quickly rose to popularity through this method, with their Indie rock ballads that would often spurn sing-alongs.
This band has become known for their non-traditional ways of playing shows and sharing music. Recently, for example, band founder Alex Ounsworth travelled the United Kingdom for a series of "living room shows," in which he played solo acoustic shows no sound system for 40 lucky ticket holders in Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh and Sheffield. The rest of the band then joined a quick tour through Europe, with stops including Berlin, Germany; the Electric Ballroom in London, England; and the Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland. The rest of the year includes stops on the West and East coasts of the United States, respectively, playing the Culture Collide Festival in California and the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York.
After the online release of their music, the band was signed to Wichita Recordings in the UK. The label released a self-titled version of their first album, which featured much of the music that was available online as well as a few new tracks. The demand for this album was so great that the band was forced to repress the CD, as the initial production sold out almost immediately.
The original members met at Connecticut College in 2004 and began to play shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn later that year, receiving immediate acclaim for their live performances. Since forming more than a decade ago, almost all the original members have gone on to do their own solo projects and work with other bands. However, this doesn't mean that the group has broken up, only that members come and go as they please, sticking to the non traditional way Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! has always operated.
While all the music Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! initially released online appealed to fans, the hit song was undoubtedly "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth," the nearly six-minute long indie jam that many would argue was the song of 2005. This prompted the popular music website Pitchfork Media to give the band the Best New Music commendation of that year.
The band's first album rose to No. 44 in Japan and No. 46 in the UK. Their follow-up album "Some Loud Thunder" made the top 50 in the United States, No. 40 in Japan, and No. 45 in the UK.
What made Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! such a sensation between 2005 to 2007 was their live performances, as their hits were incredibly conducive to singing along with choruses and dancing out the bridge. The ease of audience-members lead to shows with much of the crowd singing and dancing along to the likes of "My Yellow Country Teeth," among other popular hits. With the glut of bands following their lead, and releasing music online to popularise their music, it's the electricity of the live shows that now allow Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! to stand apart from the rest. Constantly touring the United States and Europe, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! tickets show no real signs of slowing down.
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