Yellow Ostrich Announce Tour, Releasing "Ghost"

posted August 28, 2012

Yellow Ostrich Announce Tour, Releasing "Ghost"

Barsuk Records is excited to announce that Yellow Ostrich are heading out on a fall tour in support of their latest album Strange Land. The headlining tour begins October 26th at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia and wraps up November 14th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. The jaunt also includes dates with Sharon Van Etten. In conjunction with the tour, the band is releasing a 6-song effort entitled Ghost on October 23rd, available digitally and on vinyl exclusively at these shows.

Recently, Yellow Ostrich released the video for "The Shakedown." Directed by the band, the clip premiered via NYLON. Singer/guitarist Alex Schaaf described the making of the video: "We made this video ourselves in Michael's basement.  With no budget and minimal gear, we explored the beauty of darkness.  The white light represents the past, and the black light represents the future.  Should I stay or should I go?"

Strange Land is the follow-up to the acclaimed The Mistress, and is self-produced with engineer Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse). With multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez and drummer Michael Tapper in the fold, Strange Land presents Yellow Ostrich fully formed, no longer a bedroom project, but rather now a full-fledged power trio.

"The Mistress was a guy in a bedroom," says Schaaf, who grew up in Wisconsin and moved to New York in 2010.  "Strange Land is a band.  In a slightly bigger room."  They recorded most of the tracks in six days in a little studio outside of Woodstock, New York, and so while The Mistress used a purposely limited palette of sounds, Strange Land has a dramatically expanded one: Tapper's inventive, downright catchy drumming provides a polyrhythmic foundation for many of the songs while Natchez plays no less than 11 different kinds of horns on the album, lending an almost symphonic air, while his nimble bass playing helps propel the music in its exciting new direction.

Yellow Ostrich Tour Dates:

  • 10/26 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
  • 10/27 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
  • 10/28 - Kings Barcade - Raleigh, NC
  • 10/29 - Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA
  • 10/30 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL &
  • 11/1 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX &
  • 11/2 - Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
  • 11/3 - Trees - Dallas, TX &
  • 11/5 - Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN
  • 11/6 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
  • 11/7 - The Gramophone - St. Louis, MO
  • 11/9 - The Bishop - Bloomington, IN 
  • 11/10 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 11/11 - The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
  • 11/12 - The Garrison - Toronto, ON
  • 11/13 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QC
  • 11/14 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

& - w/ Sharon Van Etten