New York indie pop wunderkind on his travelling tips...

Yoke Lore is a real perfectionist.

Only releasing material it is absolutely right for him, the songwriter - Adrian Galvin, previously of Yellerkin and Walk The Moon - never fails to fascinate.

Three EPs have followed, with ‘Far Shore’ (2016), ‘Goodpain’ (2017), and ‘Absolutes' (2018) building into a singular catalogue.

His latest EP, though, takes Yoke Lore's sounds in a different direction. Re-working his own songwriting, 'Meditations' strips the arrangement down to the core, allowing something new to pour out.

He comments: “In re-interpreting it, I wanted to clear out everything but the song itself, so that people to whom it means something can glean a more refined experience of the song itself. Clear out the clutter, unburden yourself...”

Out now, Clash took this opportunity to let Yoke Lore reflect on his travelling tales in Good Trip, Bad Trip...

Best Trip...

We found a hot springs in Idaho once. It had gotten really dark, and we had an epic drive that day. We drove through what seemed like emptiness until we saw steam coming from some rocks.

The river was cold while the springs that fed it were hot to the touch. We basked. After motel beds and continental breakfasts, it was glorious.

Worst Trip...

I got bed bugs in Iowa. At Roadside Inn. I don't want to talk about it.

Favourite venue...

Bowery Ballrom in New York City. Maybe I'm biased because it's my hometown, but I grew up seeing my favourite bands play there. To grow up and being playing to kids just like me is amazing and wild and a real gift that I don't take for granted. There is also a warmth to that room. Be it age or history or the wood, it has a lush almost embracing sound to it that I haven't found anywhere else.

Honorable mentions are The Sinclair In Boston, MA, the El Rey in LA, and The Saturn in Birmingham, AL.

Best/worst exotic food…

I ate crickets in Thailand. They tasted how you would imagine crickets tasting. Crunchy. It was just OK. Once was probably enough for me.

The best exotic food experience I ever had was in South Africa where I had this thing. They have a loaf of bread right? They take out the bread so its just a hollow bread box. They put in french fries, a hot dog, a burger, onions, some other stuff and dress it with hot ketchup. I was in carnivore heaven. Take me back. Also Chackalaka (spelling?) is incredible.

Most interesting individual...

I ever met?!? Or who ever existed? Most interesting individual I ever met was a priest from Poland who was excommunicated by the pope of the catholic church for smuggling weapons to Bolivian militants fighting the dictatorial regimes in South America in the 1970’s.

Most interesting individual who ever existed…

I'll name three: Rasputin, Russian priest who cured diseases and took control on Russia from the imperial family; Paul/Saul, disciple of Jesus and chronicler of early christianity; and Ching Shih, Chinese concubine turned military commander who remains the only pirate in history to have afforded a peaceful retirement.

Worst on tour injury...

I once broke my arm on the Williamsburg Bridge right before a tour. I had to play tambourine in a sling instead of banjo. It was tragic.

Essential travel item...

Honey. The throat calls for it, but gas stations rarely provide it. It falls on you to supply.

Essential travel tip...

Always thank the bartender of the club. Take time to learn the names of the sound guys. When it's your turn to drive the van, ask whether people would want an opportunity to sleep instead of listening to the fifth history podcast.

Never miss an opportunity to eat greens. Don't eat too much McDonald's. But like, you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Yoke Lore's 'Meditations' EP is out now.

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