We The Beat + Numbskull present:
Yoke Lore, Axel Mansoor
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Born out of a mutual appreciation for soft synths and euphoric beats, Frenship are an electropop duo hailing from Los Angeles, California. Frenship members James Sunderland and Brett Hite met while working at fitness store Lululemon and became fans of each other's music. This led to the two stoking the creative embers, and they eventually began creating music together. Pursuing the avenue of summery, feel-good electronic pop, the duo made their debut on SoundCloud with the track "Knives," created with Norwegian tropical house producer Matoma. The track quickly caught fire on the Web and began to generate buzz, which led the duo to upload a second track, "Nowhere." The song garnered comparisons to new wave pioneers Tears for Fears, albeit with overtones of modern house. Having generated a burgeoning fan base already, Frenship's hype really took off when they premiered the track "Carpet," described by Sunderland as representing a stressful time in his life. They then followed up with "Capsize," a collaboration with singer/songwriter Emily Warren that quickly went viral. The song charted in multiple territories and went platinum in New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. Frenship released their debut EP, Truce, during the fall of 2016 on Columbia Records.
“A ‘yoke’ is something that holds things together. ‘Lore’ means a set of stories or a collection of ideas about an event, time, or culture,” explains Adrian Galvin, when asked about the meaning behind his musical moniker Yoke Lore. “I want to tell stories about how things are bound and held together. I think something’s value is in its relationship to everything else. Work in the joints; where things connect.” Brooklyn-based project Yoke Lore is the new musical venture of Adrian Galvin, previously of Yellerkin and Walk the Moon. Yoke Lore layers the harmonies of Panda Bear, the soulful beats of M83, and the modern pop of Blackbird Blackbird to tell “the stories of how we are bound.” Galvin’s songs start with the folksy timbre of a banjo and add echoing waves of vocals and percussion to create unforgettable pop music with tactile sincerity and conviction.
Galvin grew up in an artistic family, his mother a director and his father an actor and sculptor. He was immersed in painting, photography, and ballet from an early age, eventually finding his first musical passion in the drums. While pursuing music, his artistry in other disciplines has not faltered, even lending his own artwork as the cover of his 2016 debut EP, Far Shore. It received glowing reviews from Consequence of Sound, Pigeons & Planes, The Fader, NYLON, and more. Far Shore achieved over 4 million Spotify streams, 3 Hype Machine top ten singles, and songs from the EP were featured in MTV’s The Real World and Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet. Galvin ended 2016 on a fall tour with Elliot Moss and a winter run of dates supporting Handsome Ghost.
When he’s not writing and recording new music, Galvin can be found teaching yoga or performing with his modern dance company Boomerang in Brooklyn. The physicality of his dance background helps Galvin communicate his message and connect with an audience while performing on stage as Yoke Lore. The live show finds Galvin using his entire being to connect his words and movement in a physical performance of the songs.
After kicking off 2017 with shows playing alongside Shura, Wild Child, and Urban Cone (as well as at Savannah Stopover and SXSW), Yoke Lore spent most of his spring and summer on the road. He supported Overcoats in the US and then traveled overseas for The Great Escape and a UK tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In June, he released his sophomore EP, Goodpain featuring the single of the same name that has since hit over 3 million Spotify streams. Yoke Lore played festivals all summer on the east and west coasts, leading up the the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival in August. That same month, he recorded a cover of Savage Garden’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply” for Spotify Sessions that hit Spotify’s Top 10 Viral chart. In the fall, he toured with Overcoats again and then supported Aquilo to end the year. Yoke Lore began 2018 with his first headline tour, and he’ll be supporting FRENSHIP on tour through the spring.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Axel Mansoor has lived in 5 different countries across 4 continents but currently calls Los Angeles home. He believes that flaws are one of the most important aspects of a person. The contrast they create makes us who we are; from our flaws, our strengths arise. It comes as no surprise that his music is more than just catchy indie pop. Following in the footsteps of artists like John Mayer, James Bay, and James Blake, Mansoor sings, writes, produces and plays guitar on all nearly of his songs. The music features themes of transformation and self-love, and one of the underlying messages is the realization that you don’t need to rely on others to feel validated.
Authentic, bold, and honest, “Wasted My Love” marked a vibrant 2017 debut for Axel. The single reached #5 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart, received numerous radio spins from Jason Kramer of KCRW and garnered praise from several influential music blogs. Follow-up “Out of My Head” also garnered recognition across the online music community topping Hype Machine's Popular chart and earning spots on Spotify’s coveted New Music Friday playlists. 2017 also saw Mansoor release “Wasted My Love (Remixed)”, “Hit Rewind”, a collaboration with producer Louis Vivet, and December single “Talk To Me” which was accompanied by a vertical music video premiered on BuzzFeed's Snapchat Discover channel. With his debut EP slated for release in the spring of 2018, Axel Mansoor is showing listeners that it’s okay to make genuine and emotion-driven music without having to slap a label on it.
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