Yukon Blonde originates out of the Canadian west coast in Kelowna, British Columbia. The indie rock band currently consists of five members; lead vocalist and guitarist Jeff Innes, guitarist Brandon Scott, drummer Graham Jones, bassist James Younger and keyboardist Rebecca Gray. Nearly every member provides back-up vocals which helps to create a stunning live sound. Band members have bounced around for Yukon Blonde, but the core trio of Innes, Scott and Jones have been there since the get-go.
Up to date, Yukon Blonde has released three studio albums. I think it’s fair to say that their first self-titled album was a strong debut. This was their coming out party and only hinted at the group’s potential, leaving room to grow and find their sound.
Tiger Talk¸ the group’s second album, was the most critically acclaimed of the three. Its release led to a Juno nomination in 2013 for Breakthrough Group of the Year –although Monster Truck was presented with the award. It’s tough to go wrong when the first two songs on the record are My Girl and Radio – if you don’t know these songs, I would highly recommend a listen.
Most recently, in 2015, the band released their third album On Blonde where they made it clear they’re not afraid to mix things up. This album was a bit of risk to their long-time fans, but I must say I think it paid off. A bit more of a California pop sound, On Blonde was on point. With a heavier dose of the synthesizer, On Blonde is my favorite album by this group.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing these guys live three times. The first time was at Wayhome Music Festival in the summer of 2015. They put on a great show on one of the side stages and I remember making a mental note to see these guys again when I got the chance.
Early in 2016 I saw they were playing at Lee’s Palace and bought a ticket right away. Before I go any further, if you have yet to see a show at Lee’s Palace then you won’t understand what I’m talking about when I say it’s one of the greatest venues in Toronto to see an indie rock band – or any band for that matter – such as Yukon Blonde. The show was sensational. There’s no such thing as a bad view of the stage when you’re at Lee’s Palace. Yukon Blonde rocked our socks off playing all their hit songs, dare I say, flawlessly.
In the summer of 2016 I went to Riverfest. A lowkey music festival that took place in Elora, Ontario. I saw a plethora of Canadian artists – considering the festival was nearly exclusively Canadian – and had the pleasure of seeing Yukon Blonde for the third time. Once again, they did not disappoint. They played at The Koop Tent Stage which was literally under a massive tent. It was an extremely intimate and personal way to see this wondrous group play.
As of now, Yukon Blonde has only one scheduled live show on their website. And unless you’re going to be anywhere near Sudbury on July 7th, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing much of the band this spring or beginning of summer. I hope this means that they’re hard at work in the studio recording a new album, but there’s been no word of an album drop as far as I can tell. We at IndieInterluded will surely be keeping our ears to the ground and let you guys know as soon as we hear anything.
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