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YACHT is a Band, Belief System, and Business conducted by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans of Los Angeles, California, Marfa, Texas and Portland, Oregon, USA. All people are welcome to become members of YACHT. Accordingly, YACHT is what YACHT is when YACHT is standing before you.

YACHT was born in 2002 in Portland, Oregon, as a solo cross-disciplinary experiment for Jona Bechtolt, using technology to extend physical bo2undaries of communication, performance, and music. In 2008, after a shared mystical experience in the Far West Texas desert, Bechtolt was joined in the YACHT endeavor by longtime collaborator Claire L. Evans. Spurred by this paranormal bond, this new incarnation of YACHT wrote and recorded “See Mystery Lights” in Marfa, Texas.

Currently, the Straight Gaze -- Robert "Bobby Birdman" Kieswetter, Jeffrey "Jerusalem" Brodsky, and Katy Davidson of the Key Losers -- round out the live presentation of YACHT. YACHT's heart is in these live presentations: uncluttered, inspiring sessions of damaged dance moves and coded ritualism, backed by constantly changing elements -- Power Point presentations, audience Q&A sessions, and shamanistic video environments.

YACHT has toured with LCD Soundsystem (R.I.P.), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Architecture in Helsinki, and Vampire Weekend; YACHT is multidisciplinary enough to have been paired with the Chemical Brothers, the Breeders, and Phoenix; YACHT has played on boats, in caves, in bathrooms, in art galleries and museums, in rural China, and at the Hollywood Bowl.

Bechtolt has been a promiscuous genre-smasher since his adolescence, when he decided that playing drums in the touring punk band he formed with his older brother was more worthwhile than attending a single day of high school. He's plied his unique breed of beat-heavy laptop wizardry and grunge ethos to endless collaborations, both as producer and drummer, with west coast mainstays like Devendra Banhart, The Blow, Little Wings, and Bobby Birdman. He's also been recognized by such bigwigs as David Byrne, who name-dropped Bechtolt's production on The Blow's Paper Television in his Artforum Top 10 list, Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou, where he was commissioned for a large-scale performance, and Vibe Magazine, who touted Bechtolt as 'indie rock's Timbaland' in their review of YACHT's I Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real. (2007, Marriage Records)

Evans, whose vocals have been featured on previous YACHT recordings, joined the band full-time in 2008. She's a science writer and artist and who came to music through the underground Los Angeles noise scene. She writes a popular blog called Universe, about the intersection of art and science, for the ScienceBlogs network. She has presented her earnestly cosmic PowerPoint performances at MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, spoken at the Rubin Museum of Art about extraterrestrial life, written a collaborative book on art and science at Carnegie Mellon University, made commissioned films for the World Science Festival and SEED Magazine, and has collaborated with Bechtolt on literally hundreds of projects since they met in 2004.

After a spate of personal misadventures in 2010, NO was born through
the chance encounter of Bradley Hanan Carter and Sean Daniel Stentz
at a local LA diner. Bonding over stories of disastrous relationships as
well as their mutual admiration for storytelling artists like Leonard
Cohen, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash and Lou Reed, the two decided to
unite and build something for themselves.
Native New Zealander Carter states, We wanted something to believe
in. It sounds kind of dramatic, but there was really nothing to wake up
for at the time. This came at a stage when he found himself divorced,
bankrupt and experiencing a new kind of alone after deciding to walk
away from the lifelong religious beliefs of many friends and family
back home. I think for some of us, we’ve been so worried about where
we'll go when we die, that we've never really thought about where we
should go while we're still alive.
Fast forward a few months, add in more like-minded band members
and NO was on the way to being fully formed.
In July 2011 they recorded the debut EP Don’t Worry, You'll Be Here
Forever and released it via their website on 11.11.11. We were trying
to create something for ourselves that was positive and honest,
explains Stentz.
After the release of the EP, NO quickly gained recognition with the
local Echo Park crowds, and both NME and the LA Times tipped them
as an act to keep a close eye on. 2012 saw them wrack up over 100 live
shows, including supports for Best Coast and Electric Guest, and a
European tour with Father John Misty. In 2013 the band returned to LA
for a sold-out headline show at The Troubadour and performed at
international festivals including London’s Hard Rock Calling and
Germany’s Southside and Hurricane, as well as supporting the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Public Image LTD and The Naked and
Famous.
The six piece are now looking forward. Newly signed to tastemaker
record label Arts & Crafts, NO have just finished their self-produced
debut album El Prado. Mixed by Billy Bush (Tegan & Sara, Foster
The People, Jake Bugg) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Beach House,
Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend), the album will see a North American
release on February 18, 2014.
NO is Bradley Hanan Carter (Vocals), Sean Daniel Stentz (bass), Reese
Richardson (guitar), Ryan Lallier (guitar/keys), Simon Oscroft (guitar)
and Michael Walker (drums).

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"James Supercave stole the show with Bowie and Morrissey-influenced tunes and dance moves." - BuzzBands LA

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