NPR praised "Hysterical" as "some of the best songs of its career... "Hysterical" balances the exuberance of the band's first album with beauty and reflection." Rolling Stone noted "the low-fi haze and ramshackle post-punk of the first two records by these self-made indie heroes are mostly gone on album three, replaced by confident songs festooned with shiny hooks."
CYHSY first came together in 2004 and quickly earned critical and popular acclaim with the 2005 release of their self-titled (and self-released) debut. They toured nearly non-stop, pausing only to record 2007's "Some Loud Thunder" before hitting the road once more. As such, the band were understandably feeling a bit spent when the time came to consider Album No. 3. They briefly began woodshedding material in early 2009 but soon came to an agreement that perhaps a break was in order.
Having come close to the brink, the extended gestation period that led to the new album sees CYHSY returning to action with rejuvenated strength and a spirit of true intent. With "Hysterical", Clap Your Hands Say Yeah came together and crafted something that feels fresh, invigorating and new, no less so than to the band themselves. With nonstop touring, recent festival plays including a blistering set at Sasquatch and a short run with Two Door Cinema Club, CYHSY is back out to prove themselves.
"Even after three records," Alec Ounsworth (vocals, guitar) says, "it almost feels like the beginning."
Catch Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on the following dates
8th - CBGB's Festival - New York, NY
7th - Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA
11th - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR
12th - McDonald Theater - Eugene, OR
14th - Malkin Bowl - Vancouver, BC
15th - Marymoor Amphitheater - Redmond, WA
17th - MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB
18th - Edmonton Event Center - Edmonton, AB
23rd - Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN
25th - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI
26th - Iroquois Amphitheater - Louisville, KY
27th - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium - Asheville, NC
29th - North Charleston P.A.C - North Charleston, SC
30th - Beacham Theatre - Orlando, FL
1st - Jannus Live - Saint Petersburg, FL
3rd - Mahalia Jackson Theater - New Orleans, LA
5th - Crossroads KC - Kansas City, MO
Checkout the video for "Hysterical" below, enjoy;