Take a Break from Yuletide Overload with Yukon Blonde at The Croc Tomorrow Night

If your month’s been at all like ours, and we imagine it certainly has, December’s been overwhelmingly jam-packed well before you even thought about flipping over your calendar. While we can’t grant you gift of tranquility, though in this season of Festival yelling out Serenity Now! might not be our worst suggestion, we can attempt to ease your load of stress, year-end obligations and shopping with a recommendation of great live tunes.

Tomorrow night’s recommended band are a group Northern neighbors who happen to play some of the finest Canyon Rock that’s hit our ears for years. We were lucky enough to catch up with Vancouver’s Yukon Blonde in advance of their gig opening for the Fling this Saturday at the The Croc. Be sure to check out their excellent, yet heart-breaking video for “Water” below, scroll through our interview with bassist John Jeffrey and head over to your favorite, least-sketchy Belltown haunt tomorrow to take in the live experience for yourself.

We often hear a lot about the Portland and Seattle scene, for obvious reasons but are far less familiar with what’s going on up in Vancouver. How would you describe the scene and who are three bands our readers should check out right now… err..after finishing reading this interview?
Vancouver is good. Unfortunately we don’t know as much about it as we should. We’ve been on tour so much our visits there have been few and far between.

Our favorite bands from there, who are definitely worth checking out, are Dan Mangan, Black Mountain, Ladyhawk, Brasstronaut, Hannah Georgas, Sun Wizard, Chains of Love, Library..

Sorry that’s more than three but it’s hard to narrow it down.

Is there a usual process, or maybe even a few processes, that an idea goes from being just that to becoming part of a song?

Most of the time Jeff will present us with ideas, whether it’s just a section or an entire song and we’ll hash it out as a group. Jeff’s the architect and we’re the contractors.

How did you first meet up with The Fling and how’s the current tour going so far?

We first met The Fling in Atlanta for our first show together and it’s been a pleasure getting
to listen to them. It’s humbling to watch such a good band every night and they’re just as good people as they are musicians. It’s been great.

If you lived in an alternate reality where you forced to play the catalog of another musician/band for an entire year, which musicians or band’s works would you play?

Well, I can’t speak for the other guys, but if I were to be in an alternate reality I’d love to play another instrument in an improvised setting for a while. It would be amazing to play some music, or attempt to, of the obvious improvisational greats Miles Davis, Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman etc.

Any Seattle musicians or bands that you’re particularly enjoying at the moment?

Fleet Foxes are great obviously; I watched The Head and the Heart in Vancouver a while ago and thought they were awesome.

What’s next for you and the band through the end of the year and beyond?

Well, we have a few more dates left in the States and then we’re lucky enough to go to Australia to play a handful of shows. We’ll be bringing in the New Year in Brisbane!

12/17 The Fling / Yukon Blonde / TBD @ The Crocodile :: Doors at 8 p.m. :: $10

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