Breaking Bands: Yellow Ostrich

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  • Breaking Bands is a new series from INDMUSIC that tells the story of some of the best up and coming bands. Every Monday we will bring you a short interview with the band and a live performance. This week we are highlighting New York’s Yellow Ostrich.

    Yellow Ostrich’s Alex Schaaf found a band the old fashioned way: starting one by himself in his dorm room in 2009. Alex, playing alone as Yellow Ostrich, creates a chorus of himself using vocal loop effects: making multiple layers, harmonies, and a unique sound. The looping technique started in an effort to get a bigger sound out of a single voice, but with the addition of Michael Tapper (drums) and Jon Natchez (bass/horns) in 2010 the band’s sound is even deeper and more complex.

  • The lead single “Hold On” for the new album “The Mistress” is a perfect example of Alex’s ability, creating atmospheric sounds using looped vocals. See a live performance of the song here.

  • The future is extremely busy for Yellow Ostrich as they embark on a US Tour with Ra Ra Riot and Delicate Steve. You can see their tour schedule by clicking here. The Mistress is out now on Barsuk Records and on vinyl through Afternoon Records.


    Jon Baltz is Co-Founder and VP of Marketing for INDMUSIC, a YouTube channel that aggregates the best music content on the web. If you produce music videos for YouTube and would like to be featured or interested in joining the network email: [email protected]