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Yellow Ostrich is a way of life, but it wasn't always that way. Band members Alex Schaaf and Michael Tapper had to have their chance encounter, Alex had to move from Wisconsin to NY, and the duo had to transition from a bedroom project into something more band oriented. Getting deep into Neil Young apparently aided the metamorphosis. Now the band have a game changing new album in Strange Land and the balls-to-the-wall (yup, I'm using the term) demands of SXSW to worry about. Have a look, get to know these two dudes, and learn a little bit about what might be instore in the future for this promising, young act.

Artist Bio

"At some point you wonder if maybe the grass is greener, and then you go somewhere else and you realize it's not that much greener so what do you hope for now?" so says Yellow Ostrich's singer-guitarist Alex Schaaf, summing up the themes of his band's powerful new album, strange land.

Schaaf knows what he's talking about he moved to New York from Wisconsin in 2010, got a bunch of acclaim for the Yellow Ostrich album the mistress, signed to Barsuk and toured the U.S. several times with his hot new band: multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez and drummer Michael Tapper. Still, wherever you go, there you are, and that's what strange land is all about.

Strange land retains Schaaf's sweet, boyish voice and bracingly open-hearted songwriting, but adds a hard-won urban edge: brawny bass and busy, prominent drums, triumphal horns, and plenty of raw, overdriven guitar. As the album transitions from wistful but supercharged pop to new musical realms, it's as if you're hearing the transition the band itself made, from self-contained solo unit to a collaborative trio of outstanding musicians.


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