YACHT will be playing their Grammy-nominated album “Chain Tripping” in its entirety.
“We wanted to find a way to interrogate technology more deeply,” explains Claire L. Evans, one-third of the Los Angeles-based pop group YACHT. “From the ground up,” adds her partner and YACHT founder Jona Bechtolt.
The group—rounded out by longtime collaborator Rob Kieswetter—would know: their seventeen-year career has been marked by a series of conceptual stunts, experiments, and attempts to use technology “sideways,” from rock-and-roll PowerPoint presentations to their Webby-award-nominated campaign for I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler (2015), which featured, among other things, a music video that played only during Los Angeles’ rush hour and an album cover that could only be seen via fax. Even the band’s name speaks to this: YACHT is an acronym for Young Americans Challenging High Technology.
CHAIN TRIPPING is the band’s seventh album and third with DFA Records. Recorded between the band’s home in Los Angeles and Marfa, TX, the ten-song collection marks a shift in the group’s relationship with technology and their art. Rather than trying to comment on existing platforms from within their own filter bubble, the band stripped their process down and rebuilt it using a technology entirely new to them—Artificial Intelligence, and more specifically, machine learning. The result is an album that merges invention and intimacy, “challenging” technology from code to content.
Juiceboxxxhas been performing as Juiceboxxx for most of his life, and that’s a tall order. From his first basement shows as a literal 13-year-old, to his stint opening for Public Enemy in the mid-2000s, to his reality-warping performance of “Like a Renegade” on Wisconsin local news, to the time he was the subject of an entire book, to his independent label Thunder Zone, a home for noise music, Lil Ugly Mane merch, and energy drinks… etc. etc. He’s done a lot. Like life itself, Juiceboxxx’s multidimensional resume rolls on and on, always moving forward, always confounding expectations.
The new Juiceboxxx album It’s Easy To Feel Like A Nobody When You’re Living In The City will be released on February 28th on Dangerbird Records. The album was produced by the artist alongside Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Iggy Pop, Cam’Ron) and features his live band and special guest bass player Stephen Pope (Wavves, Jay Reatard.) Three singles have been released so far: “Coinstar Song,” “Running So Deep” and “Kids Are Looking.” It’s Easy To Feel Like A Nobody When You’re Living In The City is the anthemic culmination of a lifetime spent in the trenches of American popular culture, an honest and inspirational leap by an artist who thrives like no other at the intersection of underground pop, punk, rap and rock.