Friday, October 12, 2012
They were performing with the B.C., Canadian indie band Yukon Blond, the show opening up with the local band, The Outfit. This was my first time at the Larimer Lounge, a small venue on the north edge of Denver. I had dinner at The Lobby, peddled past the homeless people crowding around the Denver Rescue Mission and settled in at the bar waiting for the show to begin.
Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band originally from Kelowna, British Columbia. 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. The band has been based in Vancouver since 2009. Now a trio with some guest touring members, Yukon Blonde is signed to Bumstead Records and Nevado Records.
As Alphababy, the group released two EPs that received favourable critical reviews. Yukon Blonde's debut EP was Everything in Everyway. Their debut self-titled album, which was recorded live-to-tape, 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!. 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, and Chart called the band the best of the 2010 Canadian Music Week festival.
The Jezabels start off proceedings with 'Nobody Nowhere' from their most recent album and instantaneously it's clear why they have gone for the ‘Prisoner' theme. From the outset this song bursts with intensifying danger and uncontrollable angst which is owed to the speed and immediacy of the opening drums and guitar riff. Couple this together with Hayley's flawless vocals and you've got the perfect start to the night.
Ms Mary is the ultimate frontwoman; she's sassy, fashionable, full of energy, and more importantly she's got a voice that could stop people in their tracks. Her vocal range is mind-blowing; there's not one note that this lady can't withstand. Her voice at times has the upper octaves of Kate Bush, the gravelly edge of Chrissie Hynde and the soul of Siouxsie Sioux.
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