Quick write-up of last Tuesday’s show at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, tonight’s headliner was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. This band came to prominence back in 2005-6 when the internet hype machine was first taking off. Unsigned by a major label at the time, they spread their eponymously-titled first album through social media networks such as MySpace and Friendster, and became a truly independent overnight sensation!
Now, having just released their fifth full-length records last month, the band has become seasoned veterans of the indie circuit. Larimer Lounge was a curious choice for a venue, as it tends to act as more of a bar with a stage than an actual theatre. The issue was prominent tonight, and while viewing the band was difficult from only about 50 feet back, the music carried well and filled the venue space with jangly guitars and funky rhythms. While the band debuted many new numbers from their recent release, The Tourist, they also treated the dedicated fans in the crowd to some classic favorites, including energetic performances of “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth” and “Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood”. This was my first time seeing Clap Your Hands in a headlining bill, and they did not disappoint, with a complete 90+ minute set plus encore of whimsical dance-rock with flashes of dissonance and angular, droning beats. The band could certainly have filled a larger venue, such as the Bluebird or Ogden, but this was sufficient and the venue was not even sold out.
Despite the size of the venue, it was a great show with great friends on a Tuesday night! After party festivities ensued, and the next day of work was a rough one, but well worth it.