Band of the Week: Yoke Lore

Band of the Week: Yoke Lore
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MEET THE BAND: Adrian Galvin (guitar, vocals)

ALL PART OF HIS UPBRINGING: Yoke Lore singer-guitarist Galvin grew up in upstate New York. Because his parents were artists who were very dedicated to teaching their kids about art, he took dance and painting classes. "We had Hebrew school at my house, and there were people singing the Shabbat prayers every week," he says. "On vacations, we would stop at the art museums in every city. It was part of our whole upbringing. Music became an outcropping of that." Galvin originally began playing drums and then hooked up with the guys in the indie rock outfit Walk the Moon. He collaborated with them on their debut album before starting his own indie band, Yellerkin. When Yellerkin dissolved, he turned his attention to Yoke Lore. "As Yellerkin fell apart, I had a week where I was wallowing in my sorrow," says Galvin. "One of the labels that was going to do the American distribution hit me up and asked if I had any new music. I said, 'No, but I could make some.' They told me to go do that and it became [Yoke Lore's debut] Far Shore."

FEELING THE GOODPAIN: Galvin says he didn't necessary try to do anything differently with his latest EP, last year's Goodpain. "I just try to follow the line of the song or the motif of the song," he says. "I try to keep it honest, I guess. I have definite proclivities. I gravitate to the heavy vocals and textured drums and minimal synths. I feel like my life is a practice of 'good pain.' I have this perspective that you need to go through periods of struggle to illuminate the periods of grace. I think there was a bit of this project being my good pain. On a more specific level, I think being an artist and doing this is struggle, and a big part is rejection and failure. It's a big mistake if you don't recognize the value in that failure."

WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR him: Goodpain commences with the title track, a song that features upper register vocals and shimmering synthesizers. For the live show, Galvin says he plays with a drummer. "It's easier having less people, and it's more focused," he says. "I think that because it's a solo project, I want to keep as much of it me. I know that sounds super controlling. But it's what this project is about for me. It's about indulging in my instincts. People have laptops on stage, and I really find that unattractive. I work hard with samples and loops and triggers to stay really involved in the playing of it. I also have enough elements, so it feels like a full experience."


WHERE YOU CAN SEE him: Yoke Lore performs with Vita and the Woolf at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Beachland Tavern.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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