The Phenomenal Handclap Band: Music and tour dates

6 Oct

The Phenomenal Handclap Band, I mean what can I say that hasn’t already been said. These guys are burning up the underground scene with a live instrument funk fusion set. Yeah that’s right I just threw those words at your face like a wet cat. Know what it means? Well they basically sound like an electronic group, except they bust out the Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene real instrument schtick (I know, that’s so 2003,2004). But trust me, it works. Electronic dance music with instruments? That’s craziness right,  it’s like we’re seeing the future or something. Wait, i guess that would just make it dance music from the 70s and 80s. Oh right.
So who do they sound like? Well in my humble opinion, if you’ve ever seen LCD Soundsystem or Cut Copy live, you know what PHB sounds like (you know minus that whole synthesizer electronic element, just scrub that out of your memories like you did with that experimentation you did at summer camp when you were 10). The only difference is, Phenomenal Handclap is focused on being a throwback band. The live shows are apparently much more rockin’ but I can’t verify until November when they roll through DC again ( I missed the show this past  Sunday). I’m not convinced there’s anything that groundbreaking or original going on, but I still think it’s a welcomed addition to the  “punk-funk” revival (again with the wet cats). *
*In the late 70’s to early 80’s there was a remarkably similar scene to the one we’re seeing now and it went by several different names: “disco no disco,” and “mutant disco” are my two favorite. The only problem is nobody listened to it outside of New York. Well nowadays we can beam that stuff straight to the brainmatter of somebody in Wisconsin or Bora Bora so the retro kick has been much more popular due to the fact people are hearing it who otherwise would have had no access.

Phenominal Handclap Band Album

This is what a few of the big music sites/reviewers had to say about The Phenomenal Handclap Band:

“…equal parts psychedelia, proto-disco, heavy rock ‘n’ roll, ’60s soul and hip-hop – what NPR Music calls “a perfect mix of everything

from the past 40 years of popular music.” – NPR ‘All Songs Considered’

“…buzzing, burbling four-on-the-floor dancefloor fillers… a resounding success” – Pitchfork

“Looking for the early frontrunner for the “D.A.N.C.E.” of 2009? …the Phenomenal Handclap Band, a genre-breakin
Manhattan/Brooklyn collective are guaranteed to soundtrack a lion’s share of parties this summer with a self-titled LP that shifts from rock to disco to psychedelia without hitting the brakes.” –
On another note i’m amazed Rolling Stone has their heads far enough outside of the Jonas Brothers’ asses long enough to find a few good bands. Pat yourself on the back Rolling Stone. I’m just kidding, i’m jealous, I want to work for you. Love me. So here are a couple of songs to give you an idea of what kind of music I’m talking about. I hope you enjoy and want to listen to more…
New Video for “15 to 20”

Here’s a fantastic song that’s been out for a litle while now. The song is called “You’ll Disappear”

Tour Dates coming up

all eyes on me

all eyes on me

  • Oct 16 New York, NY- Irving Plaza w/ Chromeo
  • Nov 1 Washington DC – 9:30 Club w/ Simian Mobile Disco
  • Nov 4 Chicago, IL – Metro w/ Simian Mobile Disco
  • Nov 6 Toronto, Ontario – The Mod Club w/ Simian Mobile Disco
  • Nov 7 Montreal, Quebec – SAT w/ Simian Mobile Disco
  • Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA – Making Time At Pure w/ The xx

If you can get out there, I’d recommend the Chromeo date in NY, but Simian Mobile Disco is a fun time, and The xx is getting rave reviews. If I can’t get to the DC show I know i’ll be in Philly. High five.



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