Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

On August 25th, 2003 I went to an open mic at the Fire and met Alex Ounsworth. He gave me a copy of his demo and I probably listened to it about 100 times that year. I was pissed because I wanted to invite him to the treehouse open mic, but his name and email address on the CD was unreadable. Back in 08/03 I said:

The other CD was from Alec Onsworth (that’s definitely spelled wrong). Alec’s demo could be a lost Violent Femmes record (update: Jeanne thinks he sounds more like the Talking Heads and I agree) and despite wanting to make a joke about how it should stay lost, I can’t. I found out this morning that I like it.

So, the other day I downloaded a bunch of MP3s I saw linked from Stereogum and I got around to playing Tidal Wave by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The singer sounded just like Alec, so I checked them out and I was right.

Listen to Tidal Wave if you’re interested or maybe this solo track by Alec. Alec’s voice grows on you, but in a strange way.