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"A yoke is like an oxen yoke - like farm equipment - and it's what you tether the oxen together with. The yoke of an empire holds in all these territories. And then lore is a set of stories, usually in a verbal tradition. I think the value in anything lies in its connection to everything else," Adrian Galvin of Yoke Lore explained to us, half laughing, when we asked about the meaning behind his stage name.

Galvin stopped Baeble staffers in their tracks when he dropped by the studio to perform a couple stripped down tracks off of his 2017 Goodpain EP. The folk-pop singer came with nothing but his voice, a banjo, and a drummer and started the set with his song "World Wings" before playing "Only You" and the EP's title track later on. Watching the singer effortlessly strum on the banjo while singing his dreamy and uplifting tunes was mesmerizing, to say the least.

Yoke Lore is a project that only started last year and with only two EPs out so far, it sure is off to a good start. After previously being a member of Walk The Moon and Yellerkin, Galvin's solo project has already taken him on the road alongside Overcoats, Shura, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Urban Cone, and more. Galvin has been immersing himself in different art forms from a very young age, with his mother being a director and his father being an actor and sculptor. Before finding a passion for the drums, he dabbled in painting, photography, and ballet, and his artistic past is evident when you hear him talk about his music. "Joints are where bones come together, and I think that's not only where value is found but where we should be doing real work - where things come together. Personally, I want to do most of my work in my relationships. Where I come together with people. I think I use music to explore a lot of those relationships." The raw performance definitely resonates with listeners, as we haven't been able to stop thinking about the sublime performance since.

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- We're good? I'm Adrian and this is Aaron.
We're going to be playing some songs for you today.
We're called Yoke Lore.
- So hold me down, hold me down
I waited for you to see I wanted for there to be
Yoke is like an oxen yoke.
It's like farm equipment, and it's what you tether the oxen together with, like, as they till the soil.
The yoke of an empire, like, holds in all these territories.
And then lore is like a set of stories, usually in, like, a verbal tradition.
I think the value in anything lies in its connection to everything else.
Hold it back, I'm getting older
I'm not some son screaming the lord won't overtake you
Spit it out like gum and the kids rock it now with guns
And it's true, they won't believe in what you do
They fear the youth, they want the world to keep cool
Just whip your wings, I'll keep you moving
Feel with your lungs, I'll keep you breathing
Just whip your wings, I'll keep you moving
Feel with your lungs, I'll keep you breathing
Wait in gates for what they call life and they sing sick songs
When they call, they want your bright whites
So sing along or be my suck love gun
And it's true, they won't believe in what you do
They fear the youth, they want the world to keep cool
Just whip your wings, I'll keep you moving
Feel with your lungs, I'll keep you breathing
Just whip your wings, I'll keep you moving
Feel with your lungs, I'll keep you breathing
Ah, ah, ah, ah
So I say work within the joints because… So joints are where things come together or where, like, bones come together.
And I think that's where not only value is found, but where we should be, like, doing our real work, is where things come together.
Like, personally, I want to do most of my work, like, in my relationships, like, where I come together with people.
I think I use music to, like, explore a lot of those relationships.
Just whip your wings, I'll keep you moving
So this song, "World Wings," that I played first is kind of like about my relationship to my listeners or, like, to my, like, fans.
It's kind of the realization that I had that people were listening to the words that I was saying, and that had never happened before.
I felt really responsible for a bunch of these, like, you know, little 12-year-old girls running around, like, saying my words.
And it was like, "Oh, Jesus.
If people are going to be learning this stuff, I need to, like, give them something of value and meaning.
" You forgot how to love, I'll remind you
Leave this city and fill you up
I was hungry, you were stuck
And even though no sticks and stones, you still come through my broken bones
And I'll move it on 'cause you deserve the holy word to fix your home
Find the time and make the plans and start to plan your little death
Wait in starlit nightlights, feel you fingers keep me growing
I wake in LA, feel the sun and pace my smoking
And only you, only you, only you, only, only you
And only you, only you, only you, only, only you
And only you can see the scars, and only you can run that far
And even though no sticks and stones, I feel you through my broken bones
But I move it on 'cause you deserve the holy word to fix your home
Find the time and make the plans and start to prep your little plan
Wait in scarlet nightlights, feel your fingers keep me glowing
I wake in LA, feel the sun and pace my smoking
Wait in scarlet nightlights feel your fingers keep me glowing
I wake in LA, feel the sun and pace my smoking
And only you, only you, only you, only, only you
Only you, only you, only you, only, only you
And only you, only you, only you, only, only you
And only you, only you, only you, only, only you
Oh, oh, oh oh, oh, oh
I never saw myself as, like, the person in "Walk The Moon.
" I was the drummer in that band.
And even though I wrote a lot with Nick and the boys, I didn't feel like it was, like, my music.
But with this, it was different because it was like, you know, this is all coming from me.
I do, like, all the instruments, and I do all the recording, and I do all the artwork, and I do all the writing for it.
And to have someone, like, you know, kind of take all those elements and really appreciate them is, like, it's really crazy.
It's really crazy that anyone listens to my music at all, let alone, like, repeatedly, you know? And then, like, learns the words, and then like comes to a show.
It's really wild.
We've never done this before, so we're just trying this all out.
And it's going...you know, it's not going bad so far, though.
So this is our attempt.
This song is called "Goodpain.
" And it's the eponymous track off our new EP.
It's about needing to go through periods of difficulty to get to the good shit of anything.
And we know where all the red ferns grow And two feet against me, beyond my reach
Six keys and one whole heart for each, one whole wave for me
And grass stains cut my bloody knees
It's good pain, it means I can't be phased
It means I can't be phased
That little death inside my sides won't make it right
He wins every time I find myself inside, alone all night
I'll be howling, keeping you between my eyes
There I'll be all right
I'll be howling, keeping you between my eyes
There I'll be all right
Rorschach the pieces that I lack
And I felt stained, cold beneath my wave behind my sutured face
And cursed down and throw my certain doubt,
Let me let you down
That little death inside my side won't make it right
He wins every time I find myself inside, alone all night
I'll be howling, keeping you between my eyes
There I'll be all right
I'll howling, keeping you between my eyes
There I'll be all right
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Artist Bio

Yoke Lore has been making waves with the title track from his new EP, "Goodpain," which topped the Hype Machine Popular Chart at #1! Yoke Lore recently wrapped a US tour with Overcoats & UK tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. He will be performing a hometown EP release show in Brooklyn, NY at Baby's All Right on July 7th. Yoke Lore was also announced as part of Billboard's Hot 100 Festival Emerging Artist line-up!

Yoke Lore is the new musical venture of Adrian Galvin, previously of Yellerkin and Walk the Moon. Yoke Lore's debut Far Shore EP included "Hold Me Down" which has over 3.9 million plays on Spotify and was a top 10 Hype Machine track. 2017 kicked off with a bang for Yoke Lore, playing shows alongside Shura, Aquilo, Wild Child & Urban Cone and making his debut at SXSW, Great Escape & Field Trip Festival.

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