Eclectic LA-via-Portland outfit YACHT will return to Australia for a run of headline shows this April and May, alongside the previously announced Groovin’ The Moo festival.
Yacht borrowed their moniker from an alternative school in Portland which their precociously talented frontman Jona Bechtolt attended in his teens. Far from the sedate, wind-driven sea craft initially conjured by the name, it actually stands for Young Americans Challenging High Technology – and his band have been living up to these lofty ideals for the past decade, harnessing the intrinsic power of computers and electronica to provide a unique and idiosyncratic soundscape that’s as beguiling as it is intriguing.
Starting out in 2002 as a solo project for the already prolific Bechtolt, in 2008 he roped Claire L. Evans into the fray to help expand his muse, and since 2010 this duo has been complemented in the live realm by Bobby Birdman and Jeffrey Jerusalem, who together comprise the current touring formation of Yacht.
Which, of course, will be a pleasant surprise to Australian audiences, who were last afforded the pleasure of Yacht’s company back in 2009, when on top of their critically acclaimed capital city headlining shows the band – then still in duo mode – smashed out a killer set in the beautiful surrounds of the Meredith Music Festival.
Outside of their popular current singles ‘Le Grudon’ and ‘Second Summer’, Yacht have now released five albums – the last two on LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy’s DFA Records, with the most recent being 2011’s Shangri-La. They’ve toured the world extensively, morphing over time from a bedroom project into a massive live behemoth, capable of bringing the party to any environment and of mixing it anytime and anywhere with the biggest and best names in the music game. Don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself when the irrepressible Yacht return to Australia for a run of shows this April and May!
YACHT AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Tickets on sale today, 9am local time from: www.handsometours.com
Tuesday April 30 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Friday May 3 – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
Friday May 10 – The Bakery, Perth
YACHT will also appear at Groovin’ The Moo festival nationally: www.gtm.net.au