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CBC named Yukon Blonde one of the "10 Canadian bands destined to break in 2010", and Chart Magazine touted them as the best band at Canadian Music Week. Armed with a collection of songs written in the back of the van, Yukon Blonde went into the studio in the summer of 2009 to record their first album, which was released in Canada and United States by Bumstead Records to rave reviews by such publication as Exclaim, Under The Radar and Billboard. All the way from Kelowna, British Columbia, Yukon Blonde promises to take Mariposa by storm, and you don’t want to miss it!
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Armed with a collection of songs written in the back of the van, in venue parking lots and an icebox of a rehearsal space, Yukon Blonde went into the studio in the summer of 2009 to record their first album, recently released in both Canada and USA by Bumstead Records, receiving rave reviews from such publications as Exclaim, Under The Radar and Billboard.
While on tour with Jon-Rae Fletcher in the summer of 2008, the band, then known as Alphababy. realized that they needed a change of pace. Taking some of the ideas conceived on the tour, the band returned to Kelowna, locking themselves away for half a year, to write new songs in a freezing cold jam space near the Okanagan Lake. It was around this time that they partnered with long-time friend, Nick Bernal, of Nevado Records, and began working towards releasing an album.
After some set-backs that year, including a head-on collision that ended the life of their van, the band aligned themselves with producer Shawn Cole (Bend Sinister, You Say Party! We Say Die!), and recorded 14 songs they had written.
Four of these songs were on the band's debut EP, Everything in Everyway (Nevado, 2009), which they released under the new moniker, Yukon Blonde. Soon after, they hit the road for a 37-date mostly Canadian tour including stops at POP Montreal and Halifax POP Explosion.
The remaining 10 songs were then released as the band's self-titled debut LP (Bumstead Records). With over 80 shows in the first 6 months of 2010, including showcases at SXSW, and in NYC, Chicago and L.A., Yukon Blonde is currently busy touring North America in support of the album.