YACHT has played at the Jackpot a few times by now — in 2007, when the band was just Jona Bechtolt; in 2009, after Claire L. Evans joined; and most recently, on March 2, with a full band. YACHT, created in Portland, Ore., and now based in Los Angeles, calls themselves a band, a belief system, and a business.

After all these years, they’ve stayed active online and frequently engage with their fans on social media. With a simple Instagram comment and Twitter follow-up, they agreed to meet with Lawrence photographer extraordinaire Jessica Sain-Baird to talk about their band, utopias, dystopias, and the origin of their band name (for the record, it’s shorthand for “Young Americans Challenging High Technology”).

YACHT interview and show at the Jackpot in Lawrence, Kansas from Jessica Sain-Baird on Vimeo.