YUKON BLONDE ANNOUNCE CANADIAN TOUR DATES BEGINNING THIS MARCH
VINDICATOR OUT NOW VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS
This Fall, Yukon Blonde returned to the road for a very successful short run of dates in their home province of B.C. Today, they’re announcing another run of shows in Spring throughout Ontario. Full dates can be found below. Be on the lookout for more tour dates in the near future.
Recently, the band released the deluxe version of their latest LP Vindicator, which arrived with four additional tracks, “Let Your Body Move”, “Come Over To Mine”, “Birthday”, and “Beat The Pressure”. “Back when we finalized the track listing for Vindicator, there were four tracks that didn’t quite fit,” says Jeff Innes. “One was too fun, one was too poppy, one was unfinished and the last was… I actually don’t know what everyone’s beef with it was. All I know is that since we’ve released the record, these songs keep popping up. We had a massive batch of trashed songs, but these four won’t leave us alone. We were going to release them as an EP, but in retrospect we probably should have just included them since all four have become some of our favourite songs to date. So, we’re re-releasing Vindicator with four tracks that probably should have been on it, as they were when we finished the record.”
In addition to the four unreleased tracks, the deluxe version of Vindicator also includes a remix of “Get Precious” by JayWhy, which was previously only available on 7” vinyl.
MORE ABOUT YUKON BLONDE AND VINDICATOR
After ten years since forming and five LPs in, Yukon Blonde have been characterized in a lot of different ways. They emerged as a guitar-heavy rock band with their debut self-titled LP in 2010 and by the release of On Blonde in 2015, Yukon Blonde were experimenting with slick, ‘80s inspired pop elements like those heard on the album’s driving hit single “Saturday Night”. More recently, on 2018’s Critical Hit, the Vancouver-based five piece band turned their attention to mood making, largely ditching their guitars in favour of synths and drum machines to build danceable, multi-dimensional soundscapes.
With Vindicator, Yukon Blonde rewrote their story again. Jeffrey Innes (vocals/guitar/keys), Brandon Scott (vocals/guitar), Graham Jones (vocals/drums), James Younger (vocals/bass/keys), and Rebecca Gray (vocals/keys) douse keyboard melodies and relaxed grooves with psychedelic hues that are both playful and expansive.
From the opening track, Vindicator will immediately put you under a joyful spell and then never let you go. “We’re more mature and comfortable with ourselves now and we know that we can try something new even at this stage in our career,” explains Younger. “We completely deconstructed the narrative of the band and made the music that felt good at the moment.”
Vindicator is the first Yukon Blonde album written, recorded, and produced entirely by the band. It took shape in their jam space in East Vancouver, a cabin on Galiano Island, in a closet at Younger’s home, and in Innes’ kitchen. But this DIY ethos has always been the backbone of Yukon Blonde who are curious artists with a passion for honing their craft.
The in-house approach to Vindicator allowed Yukon Blonde to stretch themselves creatively and experiment with sounds and styles in ways they haven’t before. The band share vocal duties and Innes, the band’s primary songwriter, lets his lyrics, which touch on everything from love to redefining your relationship with social media, drive the shape of the songs.
Admittedly, making Vindicator by themselves was a creative risk but it’s one that’s paid off. Even the album title is a nod to how Yukon Blonde feel about the record’s outcome. As Innes notes, “You don’t really need to compete with yourself, you just need to challenge yourself.”
“It’s a very rewarding feeling taking control of yourself and your creative ambition,” adds Younger. “It’s something that you can ride high on because expectations were met and fulfilled and that’s a joyous thing.”
Mar 31 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Apr 01 – Hamilton, ON – Bridgeworks
Apr 05 – London, ON – Club Saw
Apr 07- Ottawa, ON – Rum Runners