Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are excited to announce their anticipated new 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 — hear “Hesitating Nation” and hear “Thousand Oaks” below. Stay tuned for the double video for both tracks by Olivier Groulx next week.
“These songs are politically motivated, which is unusual for me,” Ounsworth says of “Hesitating Nation” and “Thousand Oaks.” “The only other song I’ve written about the failed democracy that is the United States 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, six further records, and numerous other side projects, Ounsworth felt compelled to once again tackle politics, and what’s happening in the US indicates 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,” Ounsworth says. 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 rare or unheard bonus tracks, including demos, outtakes, b-sides and live and radio session tracks.
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