Yukon Blonde

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Yukon Blonde
Yukon Blonde playing at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret
Yukon Blonde playing at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret
Background information
Also known as Alphababy
Origin Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Labels Dine Alone
Bumstead
Nevado
Website yukonblonde.com
Members Jeff Innes
Brandon Scott
Graham Jones
James Younger
Past members Adam Newton
Matt Vautour
Rob Sinclair
Andy Bishop
John Jeffrey

Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band originally from Kelowna, British Columbia.[1] Formed in 2005 as a quintet called Alphababy, the band members changed the name in late 2008 at the suggestion of Jon-Rae Fletcher, with whom the band was touring.[2] The band has been based in Vancouver since 2009. They are now a trio with some guest touring members.

As Alphababy, the group released two EPs that received favourable critical reviews.[1] Yukon Blonde's debut EP was Everything in Everyway. Their debut self-titled album, which was recorded live-to-tape,[2] came out in 2010. For both, they worked with record producer Shawn Cole, who has previously worked with such bands as Bend Sinister and You Say Party! We Say Die!.[3] The band has toured the US and Canada, and played at such festivals as South by Southwest. The band was named one of the "10 Canadian bands destined to break in 2010" by the CBC,[4] and Chart called the band the best of the 2010 Canadian Music Week festival.[5]

The album Tiger Talk was released in 2012. The band was nominated for the Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2013.[6]

On March 17, 2015 the band released the first taste of new material with the single "Saturday Night" which premiered through Paste Magazine. [7]

Members[edit]

Former members

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

As Alphababy
  • 2006: You Gentle Crustacean (EP)
  • 2008: Alphababy Live (EP)
As Yukon Blonde
  • Everything in Everyway (EP) - October 5, 2009
  • Yukon Blonde - February 9, 2010
  • Fire//Water (EP) - September 20, 2011
  • Tiger Talk - March 20, 2012, No. 82 CAN[8]
  • On Blonde - June 16, 2015

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart peak Album
CAN
Alt

[9][10][11][12]
CAN
Rock

[13]
2011 "Babies Don't Like Blue Anymore" 45 Yukon Blonde
2012 "Stairway" 12 32 Tiger Talk
"My Girl" 30
2013 "Six Dead Tigers" 30
2015 "Saturday Night" On Blonde
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Derdeyn, Stuart (April 22, 2010). "Yukon Blonde feels the love: Indie band adding plenty of fans on cross-country tour", Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Zoratti, Jen (April 15, 2010). "What’s in a name?: If you ask Vancouver indie rock act Yukon Blonde, plenty", Uptown. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  3. ^ Marchand, François (January 6, 2010). "Vancouver band on the cusp of classic rock revolution: Yukon Blonde tried for a modern pop sound on latest album, but it came out retro", The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  4. ^ Liss, Sarah (January 2010). "10 Canadian bands destined to break in 2010", CBC. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  5. ^ Hemminger, Peter (April 15, 2010.) "Yukon Blonde’s classic rock makeover: Formerly Alphababy, Yukon has more fun as a Blonde", Fast Forward Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  6. ^ Pescod, Nicholas (May 20, 2014). "Yukon Blonde no stranger to change", Nanaimo News Bulletin. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Chen. Jonathan (March 17, 2015). "Song Premiere: Yukon Blonde - "Saturday Night"", Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. 2015-04-21. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - January 3, 2012". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  10. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - June 19, 2012". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  11. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - October 30, 2012". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  12. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - February 19, 2013". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  13. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - April 17, 2012". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 

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