One of a growing number bands who have catapulted to public attention via an aggressive Internet marketing strategy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah could justifiably claim that they are the antidote to all those tired of press claims that The Arctic Monkeys are the new saviours of rock and roll. On a more realistic scale, this New York act are the saviours of a slightly shambolic approach to new wave. Proving that they aren't out for the commercial vote, their self-titled debut begins with a drunken sea shanty and offers listeners the first airing of Alec Ounsworth's vocals. Some may dismiss it as a mere novelty but infact the band (and Ounsworth in particular) continue with a formula for a slightly drunken pop tune. British reference points crop up on the Bunnymenesque 'Details Of The War' whereas 'The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth' has all the ragged charm of a British Sea Power epic. Delving further into the record, 'Heavy Metal' throws up one of their more fully realised versions of neurotic skinny-tie pop and finally the band and singer prove to be in perfect harmony with each other on 'In This Home On Ice' which rattles along in thrillingly infectious and intense fashion. Yet overall, this is one decent but patchy record which has been over-hyped (possibly because of the dearth of new material released around this time of year) but the snatches of brilliance at least convey the potential they have.