Yukon Blonde

Yukon Blonde Release New Disco Ballad “Cry” Ahead of New Album ‘Critical Hit’

“Future house party rocker status.” – PASTE

“Erratic and lovesick.” – Noisey

“If Wayne Coyne teamed up with Phoenix.” – Clash

“Would feel at home on a 1980s John Hughes soundtrack.” – SPIN

“An inherently sunny quality, drawing heavily from 1970s American radio rock.” – NPR

“Forget the folk, what we have here is harmonized rock with considerable punch.” – Consequence of Sound

With three full length LPs to their name, including 2010’s self-titled debut, 2012’s Tiger Talk, and 2015’s On Blonde, Vancouver psych rock outfit Yukon Blonde have cemented their status as a Canadian powerhouse, earning comparisons to The Flaming Lips and Phoenix, delivering a welcomed throwback to the 1970’s glory days of rock’n’roll. After linking up with producer Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Beck, Air) for their upcoming fourth album Critical Hit, out June 22 via Dine Alone Records, they’re aiming to show that Yukon Blonde is much more than just rock, incorporating elements of electronica and erratic pop with their familiar garage rock sound. The 13-track album is a deeply personal proposition on dating in the digital age. The record channels the varying emotions experienced while navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of today; It’s sometimes tenuous, sometimes depressing, and sometimes jubilant. “It’s hard to do a song by song breakdown, because as much sarcasm and wit as there is on this record, there is some intensely private shit in the lyrics too, and sometimes the vibe is just more our obsession with synthesizers and drum machines, aesthetics over lyrics,” vocalist Jeff Innes says.


After sharing the erratic lovesick synth-pop anthem “Crazy”, the surf rock tinged track “Emotional Blackmail”, and the garage party anthems “Love The Way You Are” and “Too Close To Love,” Yukon Blonde today reveal a fifth single “Cry” from their forthcoming album. A meditative, downcast heartbreak bop, the slow roller offers a new sonic tone for the rockers. “I just really wanted to write a song with a disco ballad vibe,” James Younger says about writing the track. “The lyrics came after the chords and rhythm were down – but its about persevering and knowing that grief is necessary, that change is necessary – even when it hurts so bad.”


Yukon Blonde are currently in the midst of a festival run in their home country through the summer, with full dates below.

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Yukon Blonde – Critical Hit Tracklist:

1. Too Close To Love
2. Love The Way You Are
3. Emotional Blackmail
4. Cry
5. Hardly Even There
6. Feeling Digital
7. Summer in July
8. Crazy
9. The Bluffs
10. Painting on a Smile
11. Dear Nancy
12. This Is Spain
13. Ritual Off The Docks

Yukon Blonde Tour Dates:
7/7: Calgary, AB @ Calgary Stampede
7/14: Ottawa, ON @ Mooney’s Bay Beach
7/17: Kelowna, BC @ Waterfront Park (w/ Bahamas)
7/27: Bengough, SK @ Bengough Regional Park
8/10-11: Kingston, ON @ Wolfe Island Music Festival
8/17-19: Rock Creek, BC @ Ponderosa Music Festival
9/7-9/9: Vancouver, BC @ Skookum Festival

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