YACHT began as the solo music and art project of Jona Bechtolt; since 2008, Claire Evans has been YACHT's second principal member. Evans spoke with CP on the final day of the band's California stint with the Yo Gabba Gabba live show. A longer version of this interview appears on FFW>>, our music blog at pghcitypaper.com.
How has Yo Gabba Gabba been?
It's been surreal and fun and kind of terrifying. Anything that can push us outside of our comfort zone is positive. And this definitely, definitely does. We're wheeled out on a neon riser by dancing puppets, through this video screen, and we jump out with wireless microphones and play for four minutes to 2,000 six-year-olds.
Can you sum up your philosophical point of view, in a brief way?
We believe in free information and free software; we believe in extraterrestrial life; we believe in universal self-empowerment. But really the core philosophical thing about YACHT is just that in an indifferent and chaotic universe, no person or idea or mode of thinking has any primacy over any other.
What can you tell us about what's in store for the live show?
I can tell you that there will be five people on stage. There will be interactive visual elements that will engage the audience and perhaps push them to the limits of their comfort. There will be physical contact if I have anything to do with it; there'll be a lot of laying-on of hands, and a lot of both physical, tactile and invisible instrumentation going on.
YACHT with PARENTHETICAL GIRLS, EXTREME ANIMALS 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 5. Rex Theater, 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $13-15. 412-381-6811 or www.rextheater.com