When the production crew in the Y! Music studios gets awfully excited about the sound of the band they're shooting--a band that they probably haven't even heard before--it's a very good sign.
But enthusiasm is unavoidable in the presence of New York's Phenomenal Handclap Band, a fairly new group of sophisticated musicians who mix genres and eras together into a hypnotic, pulsing and always danceable blend of exuberant fun.
Formed about a year-and-a-half ago by Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand--two underground DJs with an urge to go out and make their own music--the group released their superb debut album The Phenomenal Handclap Band
last June and have been getting rave reviews everywhere. Not just in the States, but in Europe, where they opened for the likes of Franz Ferdinand, and in Australia, where they'd just returned from a few days before our shoot in the studio.
We'd of course advise you to check out their album (which features guest appearances by TV On The Radio's Jaleel Bunton, Aurelio Valle, Jon Spencer and Lady Tigra among others), but in the meantime check out the superior performances the band laid down for us in our studio.
Though, as you'll hear in the interview, Sean Marquand does not tour with the band of late, the seven performers in the band make some powerful and arousing music. Alongside band co-founder Collás you'll see and hear Patrick Wood, Pier Pappalardo, Luke Riverside, Bing Ji Ling, and the two vocalists who you'll also see in our interview: Joan Tick and Laura Marin.
Get prepared to be uplifted! Phenomenally so!
And if you'd like an mp3 copy of the PHB's great performance of "15 To 20," you can nab it right here. Please do!
And don't miss the interview below for more info on this ultrafab band!