Friday 13 April 2012 at 8:00pm
Wittebome Civic Centre, Rosmead Avenue, Wynberg
Cape Town, South Africa
The first of four performances in the Live Music Series from adidas Originals sees the revolutionary Indie band “Clap Your Hands Say Yeah” performing in South Africa for the first time. The band will play shows in both Cape Town and Joburg, supported by local artists in April 2012.
CYHSY first came together in 2004 and quickly earned critical and popular acclaim with the 2005 release of their self-titled (and self-released) debut album. Their self-titled debut album included hits such as ‘The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth’, ‘Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)’ and ‘Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood’ catapulted them from playing for small crowds to headlining major gigs and selling more than 125,000 copies – without a label.
It remains one of the internet’s biggest individual success stories in music. They manage to get onto an endless list of popular blogs and received a positive review from Pitchfork Media who featured them in their ‘Best New Music’ list. The band gained further recognition when industry heavyweights, David Bowie and David Byrne were identified as fans of the band.
‘Hysterical’ is the bands third album and came after a brief hiatus that the band took following two very successful albums and a few years of non-stop touring. With its elegant hooks, simmering atmospherics, and uncommon use of space and intensity, Hysterical widens the band’s idiosyncratic formula, incorporating a remarkably expansive tidal wave of sound, all multi-layered keyboard tracks and big, booming drums. Imbued with sweeping synthesizers, juddering bass, and all manner of percussive dynamics, songs like “Same Mistake,” “Misunderstood,” and the elongated piano-pumping epic, “Adam’s Plane” are marked by inventive and boldly articulated arrangements that form a veritable vortex of melody and rhythm.
With Hysterical, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah came together and crafted something that feels fresh, invigorating and new, no less so than to the band themselves. ”Even after three records,” Ounsworth says, “it almost feels like the beginning.”
Ticket Sales to CYHSY will open Tuesday 20 March at 9am. Early booking is advised.
All Bookings through Webtickets (www.webtickets.co.za)
Tour dates for South Africa:
13th April – Wittebome Civic Centre, Rosemead Avenue, Wynberg. 8pm.
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14th April – Town Hall, The Street, Newtown. 8pm.
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Tickets for the first tour of the series are available from Web Tickets. Be sure to be quick as the earlier you buy tickets the cheaper they are.
Early bird: R275
adidas Originals Live Performances
The adidas Originals Live Performances Series is exactly that, a four part music series of original performances brought to you by adidas Originals and We-are-awesome Events. The series features carefully curated underground/indie international musicians in equally interesting venues ultimately bringing you an original music experience the likes of which have never been seen in South Africa before.
Part One: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: April 2012
Part Two: Band to be announced: June 2012 Tour
Part Three: Band to be announced: September 2012 Tour
Part Four: Band to be announced: December 2012 Tour
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