Yukon Blonde is the name adopted by the Kelowna, Canada indie pop band formerly known as Alphababy, which had served as both the opening act and backup band for Jon-Rae Fletcher and toured extensively in its native country.
Group members were Jeff Innes (guitar, vocals), Brandon Scott (guitar, vocals), Graham Jones (drums, vocals), and Adam Newton (bass). Relocating to Vancouver, they became Yukon Blonde and woodshedded from 2008 to 2009, signing to the Toronto label Nevado Records and issuing a four-song EP, Everything in Everyway, on October 6, 2009. A self-titled full-length debut album followed on February 9, 2010, issued in the U.S. by Bumstead Productions. After the recording of the album, Newton left the band to pursue a career as a tattoo artist. Yukon Blonde continued as a trio, hiring a bass player to fill in on tour. Their sophomore LP, Tiger Talk, arrived in 2012 on Dine Alone Records, and resulted in a Juno Award nomination the following year for Breakthrough Group of the Year. During a self-imposed break for the group in 2013, Innes worked on his side project High Ends, which released the album Super Class in 2014. Yukon Blonde went back into the studio, and officially added Manchester, England native James Younger (Sun Wizard) to the lineup on bass, and again enlisted Tiger Talk's Colin Stewart to produce their third album. The catchy, more dynamic, glam-charged On Blonde was released in June of 2015. ~ William Ruhlmann & Marcy Donelson