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Two Members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Leave Band

July 6, 2012  |  2:00pm
Two Members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Leave Band

In the span of three days, New York pop rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah went from a quintet to a trio. In two separate blog posts on the band’s website, guitarist Robbie Guertin and bassist Tyler Sargent announced that the band’s show in Times Square on Saturday will be their last.

The first post came on Tuesday, when Guertin thanked the band’s fans before announcing that he would be leaving CYHSY after their show on Saturday.

“Being a member of Clap has been an incredible experience, but I have decided to move on and see what’s next,” wrote Guertin. “I will continue to make music with my other band, Radical Dads, pursue miscellaneous artistic endeavors, and also grow some vegetables.”

Then, earlier today, Sargent posted a similar farewell message to the blog, noting that he, too, will be leaving the band following their show in Times Square tomorrow.

“I am very proud of what this band has accomplished over the past eight years, and I will miss playing with such talented musicians,” he wrote. “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.”

It appears that the band’s other members—frontman Alec Ounsworth, guitarist and keyboardist Lee Sargent and drummer Sean Greenhalgh—will continue to perform as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but no plans have been revealed in regard to possible replacements for Guertin and Sargent.

The show on Saturday will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in Times Square and is free to the public. Also performing will be The Hold Steady, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Superchunk, Glint, Upper West and Zulu Wave.

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