The last time I saw Yukon Blonde they were playing on Café Dekuf’s cramped stage to a small, but enthusiastic crowd. In no time, they had everyone dancing and hanging off their every note.
Now, fast forward to November 2nd, 2011: bigger venue, bigger crowd, same great energy. Despite spending essentially all of 2010 touring North America up-and-down, and writing a full record and EP on the road, Yukon Blonde still brought a relentless spark to their show at Ritual Nightclub. The band was supported by local Ottawa rockers Right By Midnight and recent tour mates Dinosaur Bones. By the end of the Dinosaur Bones set, most of the crowd had filtered in and was ready to party.
From the moment Yukon Blonde took to the stage, opening with their self-titled album opener ‘Rather Be With You’, the crowd was in a frenzy. As they tore through their set, playing most of their album along with some new material, there was no shortage of dancing, clapping, and all-around good vibes on the floor. At one point there was even some crowd surfing going on. The night reached a fever pitch when members of Dinosaur Bones joined the band for a celebratory cover of Tears for Fears’ classic ‘Everyone Wants to Rule the World’. Throughout the set I couldn’t help but keep noticing how much fun these guys have on stage; they love to work hard and play music, and it shows. The endless touring has evidently allowed them to master their live show as each harmony floated around and filled the room, and each guitar (or bass!) solo cut through with fiery purpose.
Having seen these guys twice now I can say with certainty that they will only get bigger and better, even if they have to do it one fan or one song at a time. I’m sure next time I see them it’ll be at a bigger venue, with a bigger crowd, but as the same great band.