Cult rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah refused to sign a record deal prior to the release of their debut album, vowing to independently market and distribute their disc.

The critically acclaimed US band initially shipped out issues of their eponymous album on their own, and sales currently stand at 25,000 copies.

Songwriter ALEC OUNSWORTH says,"I asked record labels, what exactly can you do for us that we're not doing for ourselves? And nobody had a reasonable answer. So it seemed to me if we could handle it, we could handle it."