Yukon Blonde playing two B.C. Interior dates on latest tour
Rockers with evolving sound got their start in Kelowna
Yukon Blonde may not be strictly "B.C. Interior rockers" anymore, but they certainly got their start there.
And perhaps in a nod to their B.C. roots, on their current tour, they will play Nelson's Spirit Bar on Tuesday and Rossland's Flying Steamshovel, Wednesday evening.
The band, which hails from Kelowna, released their latest album, On Blonde, last year.
Before they played in Nelson, guitar player and singer Brandon Scott joined Radio West's Rebecca Zandbergen for an interview.
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You guys have done a fair bit of reinventing yourselves over the years. Didn't you start out as a band called Alpha Baby 10 years ago?
That's where we formed in Kelowna. A few members weren't interested in playing anymore. Our van crashed. We needed to reinvent the sound. We figured we might as well get a new name. It was similar, I guess, a little bit minimal. The songs weren't there yet.
So how did you come up with the sound you have today?
We always really enjoyed doing harmonies. That's what we based the songs on, and over the years, it's just progressed into sort of the 80s thing we've got going on now.
That would be thanks to Jeff [Graham] who's really become obsessed with synthesizers. He really dove into that world and brought it to the table. It was a lot of fun to experiment with. It was a really nice transition and a challenge for everyone to embrace.
You can't do the same thing over and over and over. It's good to switch it up. I think "Saturday Night" is one of my favourites. It was one of my favourites when Jeff showed me the demo. It shines on that record for me and i like playing it live.
How have the fans reacted to this new pop, synthesizer sound you have?
So far, it's been a really nice reception and everyone's really digging it. I think it's been really positive.
Has there been more dancing at your shows?
That's kinda what we wanted! So yeah, it has had that effect on people. I think we're all looking forward to festival season and embracing that as well.
What's next on your "to-do" list after this tour? Is there another record on the horizon?
We're kind of toying with the idea, and we've booked some tentative recording dates at the end of April. So hopefully we can start poking away at a new record. That would be the ultimate goal, for sure.
This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity.