Supercrawl Presents Yukon Blonde x The Zolas

Fresh off the release of their new acclaimed LP, Critical Hit, Yukon Blonde are pairing up with The Zolas for a run of dates across Canada this fall in addition to their already announced summer festival stops, including a Supercrawl-presented stop at The Studio in Hamilton on Tuesday November 20.

Tickets to the concert are now on sale through Ticketweb.

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 Thom D'Arcy (Sheepdogs) and mixer Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Beck, Air) for their fourth album Critical Hit, out now 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.

Anyone who caught on to the slow-burn success of the desolately hook-laden album Ancient Mars could sense that something in The Zolas was threatening to bubble over, and after a year of recording, 2015's Swooner (Light Organ Records) shows an alternative pop collaboration at the top of their creative game. Original members Tom Dobrzanski and Zach Gray have been joined by another longtime duo Cody Hiles and DJ Abell and this is the first album they've completely self-produced at Dobrzanski's Monarch Studios in Vancouver. 

Swooner marks a major departure from both the cabaret rock of 2009's Tic Toc Tic and the atmospheric minimalism of Ancient Mars. This time around the band dove headlong into vibrant, experimental pop, stirring modern production into the influences that surrounded them as kids growing up in the '90s. 

"This is the most 'us' of anything we've done," Zach observes. "It's fun to be in an era of music where people are ready to appreciate messed-up combinations of influences, and we had a good time pushing that." Even just in the rhythm section you can hear these mispaired influences crop up in unexpected places. Drums that revolve from Queens of the Stone Age to Dr. Dre, bass textures evoking The Pixies or Kraftwerk. Instrumentally the album features flashes of grungy hard-panned guitars, Prince-like synth flourishes, eurodance vocal samples, watery electric pianos and arpeggiators, all of which feel shockingly comfortable in their new homes. 

Swooner moves on from Ancient Mars' lost love and nostalgia into a cross-section of conversations between a generation of friends about life in 2015; the balancing act we all reckon with between fun and dread.

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