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Jeffrey Innes
Brandon Scott
Graham Jones
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Over the past two years, Yukon Blonde has earned no shortage of acclaim for its hook-heavy brand of pop rock. But despite their love of vintage rock 'n' roll, the members aren't the kind of guys who cling to the past.

Frontman Jeff Innes, guitarist Brandon Scott and drummer Graham Jones first joined forces in 2005 in their hometown of Kelowna, BC. Performing under the name Alphababy, they released two EPs and toured extensively while perfecting a slow-burning variety of synth-heavy rock. But when the project soured, the three friends abandoned all of their hard work and reinvented themselves as Yukon Blonde in 2008.

Starting from scratch with a new name, they ditched their moody style in favour of a more raw, guitar-driven sound. Catchier and infinitely more fun to play live, Yukon Blonde's new songs quickly earned the band a devoted following when it relocated to Vancouver, BC. It was in this city that Yukon Blonde cut its debut EP, Everything in Everyway, in 2009. Recorded live-to-tape with producer Shawn Cole (You Say Party! We Say Die!, Hannah Georgas), these sessions also spawned the band's 2010 self-titled full-length.

With its amped-up rock songs and sun-dappled vocal harmonies, the LP received rave reviews. CHARTattack called it "the soundtrack to your summer," while Exclaim! declared, "The nuances that Yukon Blonde employ are utterly refreshing, and more compelling with each listen." The record earned a nomination for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, and the outfit embarked upon a gruelling live schedule that kept them on the road for nine months of the year and included shows in the U.S., Europe and at home.

Now, Yukon Blonde is poised to reinvent itself once again. Despite the success of the group's previous material, the musicians were initially uninspired when they set about writing like-minded new songs. Instead, the members were drawn to the fast, punk-tinged tracks that Innes has been penning in his spare time. Danceable and unrepentantly poppy, these new tracks evoked late-'70s/early-'80s post-punk and drew inspiration from artists like the Buzzcocks, Ramones and Talking Heads.

After an intensive three-week writing retreat to a cottage in BC's Comox Valley that saw the band pulling twelve-hour days, the band hunkered down at Burnaby, BC's Hive Creative Labs studio with Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Ladyhawk). Eschewing the analog tape of their past work in favour of a crisp digital approach with synthesizer flourishes, the band agonized over tones and meticulously crafted 15 new songs.

Four of these tunes sounded out of place, and bore a distinct similarity to the debut. Yukon Blonde opted to release these four cuts separately as the 2011 EP Fire//Water. With the fan base's appetite sufficiently whetted, the group held back the remaining tracks for the full-length.

Entitled Tiger Talk, this sophomore album represents the next adventurous step in Yukon Blonde's career. Its ten tracks are short and punchy, as the band trimmed the fat and packed hooks and brisk tempos into streamlined arrangements. "Radio" assaults the speakers with a brash stomp worthy of early Elvis Costello, while "Oregon Shores" blends its bouncy rhythm and sunny vocal harmonies with an epic, face-melting guitar solo. Elsewhere, a robotic drum pattern anchors "Breathing Tigers," and "My Girl" taps into powerpop greatness with its "whoa-oh" refrain.

The album still bears some of the hallmarks of what made Yukon Blonde so beloved to begin with: the jangling riffs, the warm harmonies, and Innes' inquisitive lyrical questioning of the world around him. This time, however, the songs are jacked up on sugar-spiked pop and coursing with adrenaline. When Tiger Talk arrives in March on Dine Alone Records, expect these tunes to become your anthems of spring/summer 2012.

Artistically uncompromising as ever, Yukon Blonde have already proved that they are willing to go wherever their restless artistic muse takes them. The band will be touring around the world in 2012, so expect to see them in a venue near you.
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Yukon Blonde featured on The Neighbours Dog

Think you know all there is to know about how West Coast natives Yukon Blonde came to be? The four-piece are featured on an upcoming episode of The Neighbours Dog, a concert/documentary program that features a new band each time with exclusive interviews with its members. The band chronicles how they met and the natural progression that lead them to where they are today as a collective.

Click here to watch Yukon Blonde's special.
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Yukon Blonde premiere Six Dead Tigers video

The boys of Yukon Blonde have just premiered the new video for "Six Dead Tigers" off their sophomore release Tiger Talk exclusively on Paste Magazine. Watch it above or bit.ly target="_blank">HERE at the source and check out the track bit.ly target="_blank">HERE on iTunes.

With their new video comes the news of a short Australian tour in select cities, listed below. Click bit.ly target="_blank">HERE for a full list of tour dates.

AUS TOUR DATES
9/7 – Melbourne, Victoria @ Northcote Social Club
9/8 – Ballarat, Victoria @ Karova Lounge
9/10 – Sydney, New South Wales @ FBI Social
9/11 – Brisbane, Queensland @ Big Sound
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Yukon Blonde, The Lumineers win at SiriusXM Indies

The 2013 SiriusXM Indies Awards rounded out Canadian Music Week this past weekend, with a packed night of performances and awards at Toronto's own Kool Haus.

Vancouver outfit Yukon Blonde not only took to the stage for an infectious run of "Stairway" and "My Girl," but they also picked up Alternative Group Of The Year.

Denver folk sensations The Lumineers also picked up International Breakthrough Group of the Year.

See the full list of winners right indies.ca target="_blank">HERE.

www.livemusicto.com target="_blank">Photo courtesy of Live Music TO.
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Yukon Blonde releases Six Dead Tigers digital 7"

In honour of their Canadian tour kicking off tomorrow at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall with Stars, Vancouver's Yukon Blonde have released their new single "Six Dead Tigers" as a digital 7". It also features the unreleased B-Side, “Love Is Gonna Change You.”

bit.ly target="_blank">Click to grab "Six Dead Tigers" on iTunes.

Be sure to catch Yukon Blonde across Canada with special guests Zeus and Grounders. For a full list of tour dates, click dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.
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Yukon Blonde announce Canadian tour, new single

After hitting over 150 stages in North America & Europe since the 2012 release of their new album Tiger Talk, the Vancouver outfit is ready to take the show back on the road this spring.

Beginning March 20 at Toronto's legendary Danforth Music Hall with Stars, the band will then be joined by very special guests ZEUS for a cross-Canada trek, ending April 12 in Victoria, BC. See below for a full list of tour dates, or click HERE.dinealonerecords.com />
Yukon Blonde have also dropped their newest single, "Six Dead Tigers." Give it a listen by clicking HERE.bit.ly />
Yukon Blonde Tour Dates:
March 20 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall w/ STARS
March 21 - Guelph, ON @ E-Bar ^
March 23 - Kingston, ON @ Grad Club ^
March 26 - Ottawa, ON @ Algonquin University **
March 30 - Ridgeway, ON @ The Sanctuary
April 2 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks*
April 3 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret*
April 4 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo's*
April 5 - Edmonton, AB @ Avenue Theatre*
April 6 - Calgary, AB @ Republik*
April 7 - Golden, BC @ Rockwater*
April 9 - Nelson, BC @ The Royal*
April 11 - Kelowna, BC @ Flashbacks*
April 12 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar*

*With very special guests: Zeus
^ With special guest: Lucy Rose
** Supporting Monster Truck. Show for Algonquin University students-only, 100 tickets available to the public.
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Yukon Blonde - Stairway

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Yukon Blonde - My Girl
Tiger Talk

Yukon Blonde - Stairway
From Tiger Talk

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