Yukon Blonde’s 2012 album, Tiger Talk, succeeded on the strength of its harmonies and power pop prowess. Judging by the band’s latest song “I Wanna Be Your Man”, follow-up LP On Blonde might just see the indie rockers strike gold once again.
The band’s previous releases recalled Fleet Foxes and other pastoral-minded ’70s rock, however, its latest offering has more in common with the likes of psychedelic contemporaries Tame Impala. Here, zipping and fuzzy synthesizers and heartbeat-like bass, send the Vancouver natives far beyond their comfort zone. Still, Yukon Blonde feed off a foundation of solid pop songwriting and embrace the challenge of a brawnier, more aggressive sound with a palpable sense of rock star panache. One can just imagine the band’s guitarists throwing kicks mid-lick like nobody’s business before diving head-first into the arena-sized outro.
Frontman Jeff Innes spoke about the track’s beginnings, saying: “‘I Wanna be Your Man’ started off as a drum machine and a guitar riff, it naturally has that T-Rex thing goin’ on, so our focus when we recorded it was to keep it glam and androgynous and absolutely avoid gettin’ all bro vibes or sound like a Black Keys song; the synths and the lipstick bridge really help with that and Tony Hoffer got our angle ’cause he mixed the shit out of it.”
On Blonde Tracklist:
02. Make U Mine
04. I Wanna Be Your Man
05. Saturday Night
07. You Broke the Law
09. Favourite People
In support of the album, the five-piece will hit the road this summer.
Yukon Blonde 2015 Tour Dates:
07/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
07/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
07/17 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
07/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
07/21 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar
07/22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
07/23 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs
07/27 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
07/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
07/29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
08/01 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
08/02 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile