In 2005 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were on top as the latest and greatest unsigned band in the US. The band's self titled debut, composed of indie rock and pop songs, was a self made album from production, promotion, and distribution. Band members Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent, Robbie Guertin, Tyler Sargent, and Sean Greenhalgh formed into a group after co-founders Ounsworth and Tyler Sargent laid the initial groundwork in Massachusetts. The band then moved to Brooklyn where they comprised a four-song demo that introduced the band's sound, and a debut full-length appeared in 2005, with the subsequent Internet following that got the ball rolling. Rolling Stone further pushed the band forward by heralding the group as a "Hot New Band" later that year. By the end of 2005, CYHSY had signed with the U.K.-based label Wichita Recordings, which released the group's debut overseas in January 2006. The rest of that year found the group leaking out a few EPs before a second full-length record, Some Loud Thunder, hit shelves in 2007. The band continued to play shows and pursue other interests amid rumors that they had gone on hiatus, with Greenhalgh producing records for bands like Takka Takka while the Sargent brothers did some soundtrack work. In 2011, the band quashed rumors they were splitting up by self-releasing their third album, Hysterical, and the band continued to tour. Although Two members decided to leave CYHSY in 2012. CYHSY released a digital-only EP, Little Moments, in 2013, which was the first sign of their change in direction with the presence of synths and drum machines. The tracks "Only Run" and "Little Moments" from the EP were to again feature on their next album, 2014's Only Run, which also featured guest artist Matt Berninger of the National.