Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

New Years Eve With:

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Surf Rock is Dead, Monograms

Thu, December 31, 2015

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

Rough Trade NYC

Brooklyn, NY

$30

This event is 21 and over

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
It has been 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah started, and they’re about to release their fourth record, Only Run. Like the previous three, CYHSY will market and distribute the album independently. From the get go, this ethos struck a chord with fans, but it was merely an extension of lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth’s core belief: “The general rule is to be appreciative of your audience,” he recently told Fast Company magazine. “If you can organize and are motivated, you should approach fans directly.”

So, 10 years later, while much has changed, many things aren’t so different now. For instance, Ounsworth has spent all of 2014 thus far crisscrossing the United States playing living room shows. He still needs that direct connection with fans; it validates his vision of how art should work and confirms his belief in the music.

Before taking to the road, Ounsworth poured himself into the making of Only Run. Like the band’s fateful first album, it’s an artist’s singular vision. Once again, Ounsworth crafted the songs himself before bringing them to the studio for completion and the album is further proof that CYHSY thrives because of a strong sense of identity. Fostered from his love of uncompromising songwriters (e.g. John Cale, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Tom Waits), Ounsworth believes in an artist’s creative control. “Some people seem surprised when you shift gears aesthetically between records, but to me that’s the point,” he says. “We have a responsibility as musicians to take chances.” Ounsworth continues, “There is a reason I have all of Tom Waits’ albums, for example. I believe in him.”

Only Run aims to loosely document Ounsworth’s observations of his life in music over the last 10 years. “Lately, I’ve been assaulted by news, both distant and near, that suggests a certain sense of frustration,” he says. “But Clap Your Hands Say Yeah—the entire concept of the band, the name itself—is about balancing optimism in the face of overwhelming odds. I’m coming around to this myself — finding that renewed sense of optimism.”
Surf Rock is Dead
Surf Rock is Dead
Hailing from Chicago and Melbourne, Australia, Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg--together Surf Rock is Dead--embody the beachiness of their namesake's genre through a new wave filter.

Their intercontinental exploration has led to all five highly praised releases charting Top 25 on tastemaker favorite Hype Machine. Four of those five were included on their recently released SRiD EP:“Anymore,” which "at its core...is modern surf music, but" with "nothing frothy about it" (Under the Radar); “Zen A,” a song as swelled out as the waves that open the track--"a strange contradiction that leaves you pressing play on the track over and over again" (NYLON); “Late Risers,” a dreamy haze ribboned by its Cure-inspired bass that is "a testament to the power of the human imagination--and their bleached grooves—that...can conjure a baking beach and some existential ennui in the middle of a frigid winter" (NOISEY); and "Never be the Same," which yields "softly hued piece of cute-as-hell indie pop with some serious surf vibes...a heavenly confection" (CLASH Magazine).

And like their recordings do, and Time Out New York noticed when they named Surf Rock is Dead as one of CMJ 2015's best acts, the duo's captivating live show crashes over you in the best way possible.
Monograms
Monograms
Hailing from Brooklyn NYC, Monograms fuses of garage & indie rock with new-wave psych sounds and driving drum beats. Sonic elements of lucid rhythms, melodic songwriting and surfy guitar riffs point Monograms' references at the underbelly of previous decades in DIY and college radio, as well as contemporary lo-fi vibes that pull from similar genres:

Monograms is Brooklyn's New-Wave-Garage-Psych. A Digital Rock. A Vintage Future.
Venue Information:
Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249