Jay Allen Sanford 10 a.m., May 17
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Just over a year since their last appearance at the Casbah, Philly-Brooklyn indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah returns on February 20, but not to plug their album from earlier this year, The Tourist. Instead, they’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of their only full-length to crack Billboard’s U.S. Top 100 (#47), Some Loud Thunder, by playing the entire album on tour for the first time. Founded in 2004 when members met at Connecticut College, the band’s only genuine hit LP reached #2 on the U.S. Indie chart, but their followup in 2011, Hysterical, was their only subsequent release to chart at all in the U.S. (#122 at Billboard, though it reached #20 on the U.S. Indie chart). 2012 saw three band members quitting, and most people don’t even seem to know the remaining duo released an EP in 2013, Little Moments, or a 2014 full-length called Only Run, after which a fourth member quit. Those who did brave a spin frequently came away disappointed to hear guitars cut back in favor of droning electro-pop synths and paint-by-numbers drum-machine beats.
The only remaining band member from Some Loud Thunder is Pennsylvania singer-guitarist Alec Ounsworth, who also has a solo album and plays with both the Pelican Picnic and Flashy Python. That early 2017 Clap Your Hands disc I mentioned, The Tourist, despite going all but unnoticed outside a small but devotional following, is actually as solid as anything they’ve ever put out, thanks in large part to Ounsworth working again with Some Loud Thunder producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, etc), who this time mixed the tracks. Let’s hope the classic Casbah replay also includes a few of the newer numbers from a still-current album that didn’t got much of a promotional shot back in February.
- Age limit: 21+
- When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 8 p.m.
- Cost: $20