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No Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

What a bitch. I had tickets to go see Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on Saturday, but the gig has been canceled due to the frontman's vocal cords.

“We're sorry to announce that we have to postpone our upcoming trip to Japan and Australia.  Unfortunately over the course of our recent European tour Alec's voice started to give out on him, and in order to avoid any permanent damage to his vocal chords he's going to have to take some time off of touring.  We're really sorry for the late notice, and we wish this wasn't the case, but we promise to make it over as soon as we can.  If you bought tickets for our shows in Sydney or Melbourne you'll be able to get a refund for your tickets”. 

- Jackie Nalpant (Monterey Peninsula Artists)

Which sucks.

I was especially interested in going because the gig was at Rebel Rebel, which is the name that Home, the dance club, is using when they put on band gigs. John Au-Yeung, ever reliable for judgments about venues (even if he does have a strange obsession with Oasis, but hey...) reckoned it was fairly dodge as a venue, and has been busy scaring me with the idea of in house dj sets between the opening act and the main one. So I was curious to see what it was going to be like, while also hoping that the band would be cool, since I totally love their album.

But it's not to be the case. And I'll scratch a black mark against Rebel Rebel anyhow, for not emailing me to tell. Believe it or not, I found out the gig had been canceled on Pitchfork (pitchfork_feed). Thank fuck for livejournal feeds, huh? Anyway, time to get a refund. I knew I should've signed up for that Mogwai gig.


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Jul. 18th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Guess that means their sets at Splendour will be cancelled as well. Makes me moderately happier about deciding not to buy a ticket. I'm not sure how much I love CYHSY anyway.
Jul. 18th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
Maybe my music knowledge doesn't go that far back, but it seems like within the last 5 years, EVERYONE is having problems with their freakin' vocal chords which may lead to permanent damage. Off the top of my head, there was Thom Yorke just as Radiohead came out in 2004, and more recently, the lead singer from Snow Patrol who had to cancel a series of American shows.

Is increased touring making them more susceptible to vocal chord damage, or are they just getting weaker from the reduced intake of Jim Beam every night? I for one would like to see/hear a case of someone who just kept on singing and really damaged their vocal chords permanently. Let's hope that's Chris Martin from Coldplay...
Jul. 18th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Might have more to do with the way common-or-garden contemporary indie requires male vocalists to sing. All that high-pitched whining and wailing will do you in eventually. That definitely applies to Alec Ounsworth, whose affectations sound like they'd ruin your cords in a matter of minutes.
Jul. 18th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
whatever happened to the days of the self destructive musician, who pushed through with pills and booze and then died, real young?
Jul. 18th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC)
Oh, no. No. No. No. None of them do that any more...clean living, that's the thing now.

And being good to their moms.

That's what musicians do. Especially the ones playing a lot of metal, I've heard.


Jul. 18th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
you so know that's not admirable!
Jul. 18th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
Or maybe it was all down to those tight leather pants which gave you stronger vocal chords, and that now, has been discarded as a faux pas.

But I see people like Dave Grohl who shouts like he's a man possessed (and I wouldn't be surprised) night in night out and I haven't heard anything about vocal chords being overworked. Must really be the Jim Beam.

Jul. 18th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)

yeah, youknow, i got to agree. this vocal cord thing appears to be popping up a bit on the regular side. how hard would it have been to suck it up through a handful more shows? just drink the whisky, get on stage, and be a musician...

ah well. what can you do, huh?
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Jul. 18th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)

usually i'm not much fussed with this, and i guess i'm still not, but you never know when you'll get the band back. it's not like we're a short jaunt down the road. but now i have to go down the journey of getting my cash back for the tickets...
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Jul. 18th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
yeah, i got to say, i am less eager to see them next time as well. i mean, who is to say they won't show? so i'm with you there, man.

hey, you heard the new bluebottle kiss album, DOUBT SEEDS? real cool, man.
Jul. 18th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
At least it's a vocal cord and not exhaustion. That's the other excuse. I'm betting someone has a substance problem, I am.
Jul. 18th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
if only.
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