It's often said that a band is a family, and in this case the statement would be as factually true as it is metaphorically. Jed Smentek's brother and Patrick Donohoe's sister have been married for the past nine years, and in that time, the two quasi-siblings have shared a musical education by trading, collecting, and shopping for rare vinyl. However, it wasn't until the two enrolled at St. Thomas and met Sara Abdelaal that CLAPS was born. The fledgling band specializes in minimal synth, a.k.a. minimal electronics, a niche genre that traces its roots to European analog synthesizer music produced in the late '70s and early... More >>>