Pop: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Pop: The internet buzz can be believed if Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's live show is anything to go by, says Lynsey Hanley.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Liverpool Academy

When this wonderfully named Brooklyn quintet made their first album last year, they weren't signed to a label. Some 40,000 self-released CD sales later, they still aren't (although that's about to change) and have proved you can become the next big thing by relying solely on internet buzz. That Liverpool's Academy was packed on a freezing Monday night testified to this. Few knew what to expect, apart from a vague idea that, if the music websites were to be believed, this band could change their lives.

And they certainly tried. They adorned the stage with balloons, they stared at the crowd like men ravenous with ambition, and they played catchy, guitar-powered disco music aimed at people who don't usually dance in public. Singer Alec Ounsworth's lispy, David Byrne-like wail rendered the chorus to 'Satan Said Dance' as 'Thatan! Thatan! Thatan!'

Most importantly, they showed promise. Give it a year and we'll know what the fuss is about.

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Lynsey Hanley

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