This week both multi-instrumentalist Robbie Guertin and bassist Tyler Sargent announced in separate blog posts on the indie rock band’s website that Saturday’s (free!) gig at CBGB Festival at New York City’s Times Square would be their final CYHSY show.
As of post time, the remaining three members of Clap Your Hands – Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent and Sean Greenhalgh – haven’t yet made any statements about the future of the group on any of the band’s social media platforms. After Saturday’s show the band is set to support Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on its U.S. tour from Aug. 5 through Oct. 5.
Guertin got to reveal his big news first with a July 3 post simply titled “Thank You.”
“I’m writing to let you know that our upcoming New York show will be my last with the band. Being a member of Clap has been an incredible experience, but I have decided to move on and see what’s next,” Guertin wrote. “I will continue to make music with my other band, Radical Dads, pursue miscellaneous artistic endeavors, and also grow some vegetables. I am excited to see what else might come my way. Maybe some tomatoes?
“I feel so fortunate to have been a part of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and wish them all the best as they continue on without me. Thank you to everyone who listened and came to shows and supported us — you are truly the coolest!
“If you want to say hi/bye, or let me know about any get-rich-quick schemes and/or legitimate employment opportunities, please write to [email protected]
“Thanks again for an amazing bunch of years! If you’re in town on Saturday, come out to the (free) show!”
On Friday Sargent added his farewell post to the website, titled “Thank you, part 2”
“Just writing to let you know that Saturday’s show is going to be my last one with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
“I am very proud of what this band has accomplished over the past eight years, and I will miss playing with such talented musicians. I wish Alec, Sean and Lee the best of luck with whatever CYHSY does in the future. I wish Robbie the best of luck with his musical and horticultural endeavors. As for me, I am currently in the process of forming a presidential exploratory committee for 2016.
“I hope to see you on Saturday. Expect an epic bass solo.”
Click here for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s website.