On September 25, the Bird and the Bee will return with Please Clap Your Hands, a five-song EP that finds the band’s irrepressible sound—which Rolling Stone described as “audible sunshine”—evolving on four new originals including the lead single “Polite Dance Song,” and a cover of The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love.”
The Bird and the Bee has also confirmed that they will be touring with Rilo Kiley as the opening performer for the indie pop band on seven concert dates in October.
The Bird and the Bee’s effervescent version of “Carol of the Bells,” will be featured on the holiday compilation Stockings by the Fire, which will be available exclusively at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada starting on November 8. Their song “Again & Again” will also appear on the upcoming soundtrack Grey’s Anatomy, Volume 3, due out September 11 on Hollywood Records.
The past year has been an eventful one for the Bird and the Bee, the Los Angeles band led by singer Inara George and keyboardist/producer Greg Kurstin. The Los Angeles Times named them one of “10 Bands on the Horizon for 2007” and their self-titled debut was released in January to rave reviews. The New Yorker called the album “a sure delight” and Billboard proclaimed it “a delicious revelation.” They were featured on major television shows including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Grey’s Anatomy, toured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, opened concerts for the UK singer Lily Allen, and even made their Carnegie Hall debut in June.
Please Clap Your Hands is made up of four new originals by George and Kurstin that take their danceable blend of ‘60s California pop and Brazilian Tropicalia to further heights, and a sublime cover version of The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love,” which features background vocals from Australian singer Sia. Once again George has penned all the lyrics with Kurstin performing nearly all the instruments, but this time the EP also features contributions from members of their touring band including drummer Joey Waronker, guitarist Gus Seyffert, and background vocalists Willow Geer, Megan Geer Alsop, and Alex Lilly.
PLEASE CLAP YOUR HANDS – TRACKLIST
1. Polite Dance Song
3. The Races
4. So You Say
5. How Deep Is Your Love
10/6/2007 Palladium Ballroom (opening for Rilo Kiley) Dallas, TX
10/7/2007 Stubb's (opening for Rilo Kiley) Austin, TX
10/9/2007 Rialto Theater (opening for Rilo Kiley) Tucson, AZ
10/10/2007 Marquee Theater (opening for Rilo Kiley) Tempe, AZ
10/12/2007 SOMA (opening for Rilo Kiley) San Diego, CA
10/13/2007 The Joint at The Hard Rock (opening for Rilo Kiley) Las Vegas, NV
10/15/2007 Civic Auditorium (opening for Rilo Kiley) Santa Monica, CA