No hit band cares less about their popularity than Brooklyn experimental rock band Yeasayer. It's this indifference that allows the group to tap uncharted musical territories that may not appeal to a larger audience; which, of course, it does. Fans are ecstatic over Yeasayer's bold new style of music, which seemingly borrows musical elements of older music while reaching into the future and snatching musical styles that haven't even been invented yet. Yeasayer has only two albums out, the latest being the 2010 album, Old Blood, which has exponentially increased the band's mainstream popularity. While the group has a number of tour dates for 2011, Yeasayer is attempting to maintain their roots by not playing large, stadium shows. The only difference in their concert dates is that, now, they're playing to a crowd of forty instead of four.
Yeasayer was formed by the three core members - Chris Keating, Anand Wilder, and Ira Wolf Tuton - in New York circa 2006. Keating and Wilder were friends from the Park School of Baltimore; the same high school where Animal Collective first formed. The two played in a band before going their separate ways after graduation; Keating moving to Rhode Island and later New York and Wilder attending Penn State. Growing weary of solo tour dates, Keating invited Wilder and his cousin, Ira Wolf Tuton, up to New York and the trio began writing music. The trio first gained major attention on a concert date at the 2007 South by Southwest Festival, and soon released the two singles, "Sunrise" and "2080" (the first songs they ever wrote). Yeasayer soon released their debut album, All Hour Cymbals, in late 2007 on We Are Free Records. The album officially thrust Yeasayer into the public indie eye and turned the three friends into "up-and-comers".
With the 2010 follow-up, Odd Blood, Yeasayer's contradictory nature told them to make something different from what had brought them fame; which meant doing something more normal. The album has brought the group more mainstream success due to the more universal sound, but the members of Yeasayer are keeping a level head. Take, for example, Yeasayer's upcoming tour dates for 2011: While the group no longer plays small dive bars, you won't find any concert dates at commercial venues like the House of Blues. Yesayer's North American spring tour will begin on May 21 in San Diego, CA and will spend the rest of May on the west coast. The group will make a few stops in central states before landing on the east coast on June 9. Yeasayer will play tour dates up the east coast from Boston to New York City, where concert dates will end on June 18. Fans who enjoy the unique sound and indie style of Yeasayer should check out the 2011 tour dates, as the band's popularity might not keep them out of arenas for long.