Wisconsin-born, New York-based indie rock trio Yellow Ostrich return with their follow-up to their 2011 debut album. Â The band’s sound and even its lineup has expanded since the debut. Â As frontman Alex Schaaf says, the first album “was a guy in a bedroom. Â Strange LandÂ is a band.” Â And he’s right about that; aside from the fact that band now boasts a full roster of members,Â Strange LandÂ feels more fully realized than previous outings by Yellow Ostrich. Â The first half of the album is the strongest, as the middle feels like it starts to meander a bit aimlessly. Â “Marathon Runner” is the lead-off single, and is an excellent, forward moving rock song, an easy favorite from the album. Â I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had several days where I just listen to “Marathon Runner” over and over again on during my commute to or from work. Â It’s just that good, folks. Â (There’s also a pretty interesting, albeit cryptic, website centered around the song, which you can peruse here.) “The Shakedown” is a stand-out track from the back half of the album, full of noisy guitar riffs and distorted vocals.
Check out Yellow Ostrich tomorrow night at the Empty Bottle. Â The show starts at 9:30 pm; Â 1,2,3, and Tin Tin Can open the show.