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Phenomenal Handclap Band 

Wednesday, Aug 26 2009

Sprawling Brooklyn outfit the Phenomenal Handclap Band may touch on the neo–No Wave thump popularized by DFA Records, but the eclectic octet draws on a far wider spectrum of influences. The band's self-titled debut reveals echoes of Giorgio Moroder's throbbing Italo-disco epics and Gary Wright's synth-driven, space-funk nuzzling fuzzed-out guitars and intricate, Rotary Connection–style arrangements. Armed with an arsenal of analog keyboard sounds, heavy percussion, and a pair of sassy, tambourine-shaking female vocalists, the group crams onto a tiny Mission District stage to unleash its unique dancefloor rock.

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