Episode 263: Alec Ounsworth (of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)


A decade after releasing Some Loud Thunder, Clap Your Hands Say took the album back on tour. A lot has changed for the band in the intervening ten years, of course — not the least of which is the fact that frontman Alec Ounsworth remains the band’s only consistent member. The short stint of shows kicked off after the band finished touring for The Tourist, the group’s most critically acclaimed record since breaking through as the poster children for blog rock. After that self-titled release, Some Loud Thunder fell on somewhat deaf ears — mostly a victim of the band’s own seemingly overnight success. I met up with Ounsworth on the final night of the tour, after watching the band meticulously reinterpret the album’s songs in sound check, so many years after their initial release.  The atmosphere put the singer in the perfect position to talk about those early years and his still evolving approach to writing a song.

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