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.
Stay tuned for the double video by Olivier Proulx for both tracks next week!
“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 on all DSPs. 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. Dates below:
18th September 2021, Brussels, Belgium – Botanique – Rotonde
19th September 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
21st September 2021, Bristol, UK – Thekla
22nd September 2021, Cambridge, UK – Portland Arms
23rd September 2021, Manchester, UK – YES (The Pink Room)
24th September 2021, Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
25th September 2021, Liverpool, UK – District
26th September 2021, Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
28th September 2021, London, UK – Scala
29th September 2021, Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
30th September 2021, Clermont-Ferrand, France – La Cooperative de Mai
1st October 2021, Barcelona, Spain – Sala Apolo
2nd October 2021, Madrid, Spain – Independence Club
4th October 2021, Nîmes, France – Paloma
12th October 2021, Berlin, Germany – Frannz Club