Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are excited to announce the anticipated album New Fragility, due January 29, 2021 via CYHSY / Secretly Distribution. To ring in the announcement, they’ve released two singles as a double A-side.
“These songs are politically motivated, which is unusual for me,“ Alec Ounsworth says of Hesitating Nation and Thousand Oaks. “The only other politically motivated song I’ve written is Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood.” That track helped launch their landmark self-titled debut back in 2005. And now, after 15 years, eight further records, Ounsworth felt compelled to once again tackle politics, and what’s happening in the US indicating how serious he believes the situation to be.
“Hesitating Nation is a song meant to convey my sense of disappointment and alienation with the rewarded mentality of getting ahead at all costs, inevitably to the detriment of those who didn’t sign up to be part of the experiment.” Describing Thousand Oaks, Ounsworth says, “In 2018, there was a shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA which killed 13 people. This song has to do with the impotence of the American government in the face of such tragedies.”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah recently released digital reissues of its entire catalog. Each reissue is accompanied by an album that comprises rare or unheard bonus tracks, including demos, outtakes, B-sides and live and radio session tracks. A European tour has been announced for Autumn 2021 – they will perform at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on September 26th 2021.