That's right, I have two new favorites - bands I am really enjoying. The first is Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Oh Chrislarry, don't groan!!!!. Their songs are so damn catchy, memorable, melodic, and fun. The first couple of songs threw me for a loop. Where is the delicious pop? Hell, the second track sounds like the less creepy version of Tom Waits' carnival barker/ ringmaster. By track three, the album kicks into high gear and Summer 2005 has a soundtrack! I'm looking forward to seeing them open for The National at Bowery Ballroom in September.
My second new favorite indiepop band is Voxtrot. Youthlarge randomly saw them play at a hair salon/ art gallery at South by Southwest and came home raving about them. They have one five song EP out and it is pretty good if not occasionally a wee bit twee. However, seeing them live takes the cake. Youthlarge and I saw them at Magnetic Field the other night and they blew my mind. I felt like I was 19 again watching this merry band of indiepop marauders. Imagine Holiday with more balls or the Housemartins updated for the My Space generation and you can begin to imagine the fun. Plus, they clap their hands a hell of a lot more than Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
PD Heaton loves Voxtrot!
It is nice to have favorites - sort of gets you through when you need a lift and these bands are so much more entertaining than following the indie boredom crowd!
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