On Thursday night, the party was on at Mod Club as Vancouver indie-rockers, Yukon Blonde took the stage. The group played several of the songs that appeared on their set list from February’s show at Lee’s Palace, including opener “Confused”, longtime fan favorite “Six Dead Tigers”, and more. They did, however, fit in a few unexpected blasts from the past including a stunning rendition of “Rather be With You” from 2010’s self-titled album and “Fire” from the Fire/Water EP, released the following year.
The room really lit up halfway through the set thanks to a lighting rig that was pulsed in sync to the song “Saturday Night,” which serves as both On Blonde’s single, and their highest charting single to date. Speaking of charting, a show of capitalism took hold when the band plugged Jim Beam brand whiskey, who sponsored the evening, and of which each of the guys took swigs of to celebrate a recent birthday. It was a little bit inauthentic but putting on a live show is costly and it didn’t impact the evening negatively.
While both events earned plenty of attention, the highlight of the night came when the band played “Stairway” as their closer. Vocalist Jeff Innes invited several members of the audience on stage to dance and help sing the song. It was an extremely moving exhibition of fan participation.
After a wave of cheers proclaiming “encore” and “Yukon Blonde”, the band strolled back on stage and played “My Girl”, the ultra dance-able opener to 2012’s Tiger Talk. This was a move that appeased the sold-out crowd and they showed it by shaking the venue’s floor with dance moves and raised the roof with their voices.
Review and Photos by Luke Williams