Yellowbirds is the moniker for the latest musical exploits of Sam Cohen--guitarist/songwriter/vocalist in the psychedelic collective Apollo Sunshine. Cohen grew up in Houston, Texas, and while the Texas of his teens may have been home to Big Oil, Enron, the Bush family, and the drab grey Astros jerseys of the 90s, he prefers to think of it as the Texas of yore, home to: Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Space Program, and rainbow orange Astros jerseys. It stands to reason, then, that his current home of New York City must be the mythical Empire City: Rocky Mountains of architecture, epicenter of modern art, home to Charles Mingus and The Velvet Underground.
It was with these timeless inspirations in mind that Sam Cohen created Yellowbirds’ The Color, out now on Brooklyn label, Royal Potato Family. Double-speed auto-harp glissandos, glowing backwards pedal steel, bubbling echo and fuzz guitars coalesce into a warm wall of sound. As existential lyrical themes emerge, delivered over psyched-out aural landscapes, the picture emerges of a dust-blown, 4th dimensional Future West. This is Cohen's quixotic world where "only the purist tones can be heard."
Yellowbirds' new stop-motion, collage-animation video for the song "The Rest Of My Life" was crafted by Sam Cohen from nearly 3000 still photos assembled into collages and animated by hand. Between exploring images, cutting and compiling, creating the scenes and editing the footage, the project took ten weeks to complete.
March 15 | WFPK | Louisville, KY (live radio broadcast)
March 15 | Ear-Xtacy | Louisville, KY (in-store performance)
March 15 | The Rudyard Kipling | Louisville, KY
March 19 | The Snack Bar | Austin, TX (4pm)
March 19 | Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In | Austin, TX (7pm)
March 19 | Black & Tan (official SXSW showcase) | Austin, TX (11:30pm)
March 29 | Public Assembly | Brooklyn, NY
March 30 | WNYC Soundcheck | New York, NY (live radio broadcast)
March 30 | Maxwell's | Hoboken, NJ
April 7 | The Arts Block | Greenfield, MA
April 8 | Bridge Street Live | Collinsville, CT
April 9 | Southpaw | Brooklyn, NY
April 17 | Cactus Records | Houston, TX (in-store performance)
April 30 | Market Market | Rosendale, NY