If modern art makes you want to rock out, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have got you covered. The indie band’s video for “Hysterical” is an oily blur of colors, spreading across the screen in a stop-motion sprint. It pretty much looks like drugs. The rainbow explosion is painted over frames that recall a black-and-white horror film, showcasing our heroes barely alive, laid out over tree branches and rubble. We kept waiting for the band to turn into zombies and star in “Night of the Indie Dead.”
The surreal video is the Brooklyn/Philly band’s first-ever video (“Maniac” got an unofficial, taxidermy-featuring clip last year) over three albums, making us wonder what weird genius the band could’ve unveiled for “In This Home on Ice” or “Satan Said Dance.” (More red paint, probs.) “Hysterical” is the kind of offbeat jam we’ve come to expect from the band, driven by Alec Ounsworth’s surly, soaring vocals and tense synth chords. A few more guitars and Pablo Honey-era Radiohead might be calling for their song back, which is fine by us!
Watch Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s “Hysterical” video after the jump.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s latest, Hysterical, dropped last year. They just wrapped up a European tour, but they’ll be back among the living touring at SXSW, Sasquatch and some summer dates in Florida and beyond. Send your grandma; she’ll have a blast.