Clap Clap Riot are a five-piece guitar pop band from Auckland, New Zealand, known for their raw and energetic songwriting and magnetic live shows.
Having released two albums and one EP since their inception, the band are currently gearing up to release their third.
The band’s previous releases include the TV Knows Better EP in 2009 produced by Jimmy Christmas (The D4), as well as debut record Counting Spins which debuted at #1 on the Official NZ Album Chart, received a nomination at the 2012 New Zealand Music Awards for Best Rock Album, was named Best NZ Rock Album of 2012 by iTunes and saw the band shortlisted for NZ’s most prestigious songwriting award, the APRA Silver Scroll for the single ‘Everyone’s Asleep’. In tandem, their single ‘So You Say’ hit #1 on the NZ iTunes Rock Charts, and reached #4 on the NZ Singles Radio Airplay Chart.
It was described by the NZ Herald’s Lydia Jenkin as “Straight-up rollicking, riotous, classic guitar pop”.
Their second album Nobody/Everybody also wasn’t shy of commendation, receiving a nod at the NZ Music Awards and ringing in at number 8 on the NZ Herald’s annual album list. The release showed a progression into a groovier-landscape, sitting comfortably within the hazy stripped back vibe of the sixties. In most parts due to the colourful production and mixing style of Kody Nielson (The Mint Chicks, Silicon).
“Youthful adrenaline, bountiful hooks, surprising sonics – what we have here is a damn fine pop record”, Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times
Head down in the studio since the release of their APRA Silver Scroll long-listed collaboration with Voom’s Buzz Moller, the band are on the cusp of releasing ’Help Me’, the first single from their forthcoming full-length release.
Produced, engineered and mixed by audio wunderkind Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins, Popstrangers), ‘Help Me’ is a song about the burden of keeping up with the pace of modern life, exploring the feelings of isolation that can come from feeling helpless and the longing to be somewhere else.
The infectious track is built with a palpitating rhythm guitar, shiny keys, a taut rhythm section, possessed vocals and all that we love from Clap Clap Riot.