See a Man About a YACHT


There is a great show coming up this Friday at YuYinTang, brought to you by S.T.D. If you are hip and smart enough to attend, you will be transported back to the 80s by the Violent Phlegms, a Violent Femmes project featuring Adam and Fabien from the Rogue Transmission. Resist Resist and Youth and the Destroyer will also enchant you with their musical stylings. However, the centerpiece of the evening, this all-important All Hallow’s Eve, is the stylish American electro duo, YACHT.

How to describe YACHT? Well, let’s take a quote from their RCRD LBL bio (which, incidentally, is a great site for free, new music):

YACHT is a lot of things. It’s kind of a band, but it’s mostly a genre-and-media-spanning life project founded and led by Jona Bechtolt of the Northwest’s very own Portland, Oregon

I don’t want you to get the wrong idea here: There WILL be music played. Bechtolt and singer Claire Evans have discovered that chic electronic dance music is the new hipster crack.  Four on the floor is back and better than ever. YACHT deals it out in a highly mysterious, highly stylized package. And people are smoking this stuff like it’s going out of style. This is dance music for people who would normally be uncomfortable with the idea of dancing, but it seems to go deeper than that. Check this excerpt from their mission statement:

YACHT was formed in 2002 as Y.A.C.H.T., “Young Americans Challenging High Technology.” The current incarnation began gestating in 2008, and at this point bears no resemblance, except biologically, to the previous versions. The YACHT of 2009 is the true form of YACHT

Intriguing. I like that I can’t really tell if this is tongue-in-cheek or deadly serious stuff, so check it out for yourself (online and in person, this Friday) and make your own judgment. I really like the fact that at the end of their mission statement YACHT feels the need to stipulate that “YACHT IS NOT A CULT.I believe them when they say it is not a cult. I think their persona is a clever marketing strategy, designed to add to the band’s mystique. And it’s working, at least on this humble music hound.

But wait! The plot thickens: One other interesting thing about the group is the back story concerning their recent album “See Mystery Lights”. There is an unexplained light phenomenon in Marfa, Texas, that they have become fascinated with (as well as the town, also, I think). They recorded the album and have even talked of moving their operations there.

What is the connection between these mystery lights and YACHT? Does life exist on other planets? Are these lights their advanced spacecraft or, perhaps, their auras? Are the members of YACHT, in fact, visitors from another, more fashionable and technologically advanced planet? Is their true mission to prepare us for invasion?

These and many other questions will be answered if you come to YuYinTang on Friday, October 30th.

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