Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Fitzgerald's, 8/12/14
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Photos by Jim Bricker
August 12, 2014
It's hard to say that this show was perfect, but that was the only adjective coursing through my mind as I walked down the stairs and out of the door of Fitzgerald's after a performance from storied indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
Sure, the performance had a whole lot going against it. Being a Tuesday night, possibly the least social night of the week, definitely hurt ticket and bar sales, but in the end I think worked out for this show. People that were there were there for one reason and one reason only -- to see a great band put on an even better performance.
And thankfully CYHSY complied with everyone's wishes. Starting their set about 20 minutes early - mainly because everyone that was coming was already there by then - the Philadelphia indie quartet brought the energy. Which is thankful, as everyone seemed a bit sleepy upon first glance.
But they don't take kindly to a tired audience, and within three songs they were doing everything they could to get people dancing. Let me tell you, it didn't take much coaxing the get the crowd riled up.
Pulling material from across their discography, CYHSY didn't waste time with any filler. It was a hit parade from start to finish, with the first real shout- and dance-a-long coming in the form of one of their bigger hits, "Satan Said Dance." Followed closely by one of their first big songs, "Gimme Some Salt," the entire crowd knew early that this set was going to be a hot one.
And the band knew too. They seemed to really enjoy the Houston audience's crowd participation and love for their songs. Frontman Alec Ounsworth, whom opened the evening with a solo performance, was noticeably happy with what was transpiring.