From a basement studio in Beachwood Canyon; Graham Bockmiller began Yacht Punk after a period of isolation spent after his time with Great White Buffalo. Song sketches began being fleshed out with the assistance of Michael Pozzi, percussion supplied by Tricky where new ideas became realized through Matt Wignall’s production out in Tackyland in the LBC before being mixed & engineered out in Los Angeles by Will Brierre. The result sees Graham transforming ideas & notions into an act that could easily take over as one of the big stage numbers at your favorite local festival. Despite the moniker, there is no yacht riding or punk pop at work here. This is the sound of partying on a budget, sneaking flasks into expensive epic mega-fests, sneaking tokes out of a one-hitter in a church bathroom stall, or skipping class to sun bathe on the school roof with the company of a 12-pack. Bockmiller presents us with a first listen to the unveiled inception of Yacht Punk with premiere of the single “Radar”.
“Radar” kicks off the Yacht Punk party where Graham is your captain on a ship with sails set for nowhere. All pop hooks are blazing from the rhythmic guitar that guides the arranged movements & tempos that spell out the flagship sound of the Yacht Punk vessel. The chorus is the sound of Bockmiller setting out on his own to forge a new alliance, a new lease on life, a new beginning and a chance to make his most grandiose sound yet. The chords accentuate the nervous tension one feels when starting over, seeking to find the places of breath that bring peace of mind while rebuilding anew at the same time. The epic choruses & devoted verses illustrate a passion that has on pins & needles as we await the latest developments from Graham’s latest incarnation. Bockmiller introduced the debut Yacht Punk single “Radar” for us with the following thoughts:
It’s essentially a song about letting go. Letting go of everything that’s hanging you up or holding you back and just going with what feel right and doing whatever you need to do to get yourself there. The song was extensively researched and was designed specifically to be listened to at maximum volume whilst driving into oncoming traffic.