Friday, September 16, 2011

Same Mistake

Photo by Hannah Davis

I've definitely had my ups and downs with Brooklyn's Clap Your Hands Say Yeah over the years. I disagreed with the harsh critics of the band's sophomore effort, Some Loud Thunder, finding the album a fresh, new, good-sounding direction for the band. I'm sure it was hard being heralded as the "greatest unsigned indie rock band EVER." All that hype for CYHSY's second record was more of a shot in the foot for the band. Still, it was a great record with a lot of tracks that fell into more of a stripped down feel than the poppy, indie-rock gold the band shredded on '05's self-titled debut. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's third album, Hysterical, hit airwaves earlier this week (next week for us in the States), and I'd say four years has been kind to the Brooklynites. Well, at least for one song.

Album opener Same Mistake will quiet the Some Loud Thunder Negative Nancies - the uptempo, head-nodding riffs and snare hits are back. The band definitely taps into what threw them into the Internet music spotlight, and it ultimately works. The track is reminiscent of older songs such as In This Home on Ice. It's a nice way to wrap up the summer months as the blistering temperatures start to recede. Same Mistake is a breezy jam that complements the band's influences more than ever before. Alec Ousworth's vocals still sound like a mix of Dan Bejar and David Byrnem yodeling after a quick breath of helium. But in the case of this jam, I wouldn't want it any other way.

Listen to Same Mistake and make sure to buy the album if you like it!

[MP3] Same Mistake - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "Same Mistake" by GrillMarketing

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