"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.
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.