The Kelowna band Yukon Blonde, armed with songs written in the back of a van, are making their way to Golden for a show at the Rockwater Grill and Bar on April 7.
Formed as a quintet in 2005 called Alphababy, the band members changed the name in 2008, after releasing two EPs under their original title.
Two years later, Yukon Blonde would release their debut self-titled album, which was recorded live-to-tape. They ditched their moody style in favour of a more raw, guitar driven sound.
Catchier, and infinitely more fun to play live, Yukon Blond’s new songs quickly earned the band a devoted following when it relocated to Vancouver. Since then they have released their sophomore album, Tiger Talk, which was the result of an intensive three-week writing retreat to a cottage in Comox Valley, that saw the band pulling 12-our days. It has just earned them a Juno nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year.
Still maintaining some of the hallmarks that made the band successful, like jangling riffs and warm harmonies, Tiger Talk’s songs are jacked up on sugar-spiked pop and coursing with adrenaline.
They are celebrating by partnering with with friends, Zues, for a Canadian headline tour.
Hitting more than 150 stages in North America and Europe since the album’s release, they have shared the stage with The Jezabels on a tour across the United States, and The Sheepdogs across Canada, and played at the official Much Music Video Awards after party with The Lumineers.
Tickets are $15 in advance from the Rockwater or Plain Wayne and Jane, or $20 at the door.