The Bowery Presents Live Features Yellow Ostrich

June 7th, 2012

Just as Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon once recorded lo-fi four-track songs in Wisconsin, Yellow Ostrich’s Alex Schaaf did just the same while in college there. Upon relocating to New York City he made even more music, self-releasing much of it for free. And then the band expanded in size, thanks to the addition of multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez and drummer Michael Tapper, and sonically, with the trio moving from moody solo music toward the full sound of a legitimate rock band, evidenced by their new album, Strange Land. As today’s featured band on The Bowery Presents Live, they perform one of its songs, “Marathon Runner,” in a Brooklyn set-design shop. Plus they talk about how they met, melding their influences into one sound and using music to connect with others. For more videos like this and live-streamed shows, cool performances and intimate interviews, make sure you subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live.

(Yellow Ostrich opens for Los Campesinos! at Brooklyn Bowl on 6/23.)