Published Feb 10, 2011After recently announcing a sprawling North American tour that includes Canadian stops in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, Portland, OR-based electro-pop mystics YACHT have unveiled a brand new website. Rather than a lazy flash page that links to their MySpace, YACHT have dropped a mammoth site that offers a vast amount of information about the band's past, present and future, as well as beliefs and inspiration.
Among the many informative sections on the website is a lengthy mission statement that expands upon why the band exist and what their plans are for the future. If you thought they were another tongue-in-cheek, irony-loving dance party band, think again, as they've gone into great detail to explain who they are:
YACHT is a Band, Belief System, and Business conducted by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans of Marfa, Texas and Portland, Oregon, USA. All people are welcome to become members of YACHT. Accordingly, YACHT is and always will be what YACHT is when YACHT is standing before you.
YACHT believes in reforming an adequate language by coining new words and examining the meaning of existing words. For example, Utopia means "No Place." Thus YACHT understands its quest is in movement, not a resting point. For example, "I" is a story we tell ourselves. Thus YACHT seeks the undifferentiated collective experience.
YACHT understands that to feel part of the world is to be engaged in creative activity. However, creative output is powerless without contact with a spectator, who completes the creative act and brings it into contact with the world by registering its existence and interpreting its value.
YACHT believes art and spirituality are inseparable; both are concerned with the creation of something from nothing, with form without antecedent. The feeling or moment of creation is a kind of spiritual high that can be achieved by anyone with the willingness to transmute an idea into form. When we create something, we relive the first spark into consciousness of both the microcosm (ourselves) and the macrocosm (our universe). Art is ontological birth. No religious culture is without an image-making culture. In more ancient religions, the making of images is the spiritual act itself.
YACHT seeks to explore frontiers and to expand awareness of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI). There is nothing marginal about acknowledging the greater possibility of life in the cosmos; it is chauvinistic, beyond the pale, to imagine otherwise.
YACHT believes that in the province of the mind, there are no limits. Every person is the master of their own neurological experience. Our minds contain the universe, by the act of comprehending it.
YACHT encourages the testing of these ideas in the laboratory of your own nervous system.
YACHT knows that to confront the world without ideas is to see the formless void.
YACHT encourages online dissemination of all things.
YACHT believes "Free Wi Fi" is not an advertisement of services, but a political statement.
The specifics of their belief system can be further explored in the FAQ section, alongside information about their official YACHT tattoo policy, including the proper placement and designs of YACHT tattoos, which can be viewed in this PDF file. Bechtolt and Evans have also created a hilarious video tour of the site, which can be viewed below.
YACHT's third album is expected sometime this year via DFA Records. Details are forthcoming.