With the announcement of a new swath of UK tour dates, I thought I’d cover a single by one of the bands that soundtracked my adolescence as I outgrew a straightened fringe and embraced half-hearted facial hair. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah‘s first album was an instant indie classic back in the day and so the opportunity to get on the single for the new album, no matter how late to the party I am, is something hard to turn down.
For many, myself included, CYHSY are associated with their self-titled debut album which gave us indie pop with a distinctive drawling vocal line. The new track, “Down (is Where I Want To Be),” doesn’t disappoint in this regard but provides us with a looping darker tone that undulates throughout. Beginning with a syncopated guitar and bass intro, Down eventually explodes into a high energy track that could easily soundtrack a nightmare montage from an early series Skins episode. The energy, that hits later on, speaks to singer Ounsworth’s concession that the album was a cathartic exhale of a project for the procession of personal events. It may be the soundtrack to his but could certainly soundtrack yours also. The track is taken from the upcoming full-length “The Tourist” out on February 24th.
13th Sep 17 – Bristol – Thekla (ticket link)
14th Sep 17 – Manchester – Gorilla (ticket link)
15th Sep 17 – Dublin – Whelans (ticket link)
16th Sep 17 – Glasgow – CCA (ticket link)
18th Sep 17 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club (ticket link)
19th Sep 17 – London – Village Underground (ticket link)