Last night was Montreal’s annual Nuit Blanche, put on as part of the ongoing Montreal en Lumière festival. To kick off the celebration of events that occurred all night around the city, Yukon Blonde played to a modest crowd at the Fairmount Theatre. Nearing the end of a long string of Canadian dates, the west coast rockers stopped in Montreal for the first time since their last show here back in November when they opened for Hey Rosetta!. Now headlining their own proper tour in support of last year’s release On Blonde, the Canadian, indie rock band have brought some American friends along for the ride.
Saturday’s show marked the last night ON AN ON were scheduled to open for Yukon Blonde, before In-Flight Safety takes on the role for the final remaining dates. Sensing that the tour has come to an end, the indie trio held nothing back as they made their way through a number of tracks off of their most recent album And the Wave Has Two Sides. As they told the crowd how great the drive across Canada was, it was clear they’ve enjoyed themselves these last couple weeks with Yukon Blonde.
After two back to back sold out shows in Toronto, last night’s crowd may have seemed like a let down for Yukon Blonde, but as lead singer Jeff Innes put it “This is the best Montreal crowd we’ve ever played for!” The hour plus set included songs off three of there most recent albums, including their self-titled release, 2012’s Tiger Talk and last year’s On Blonde. The five-piece put together a memorable performance, filled with jokes right from the start as they walked onto the stage in complete darkness. Highlights include the fittingly titled “Saturday Night” and the guitar rock anthem “I Wanna Be Your Man”. Much to my surprise, they came back out for a short encore, and with some help from ON AN ON, they closed off the set with Bowie’s legendary “Let’s Dance”. We couldn’t have asked for a more energetic end to the night, before the crowd slowly filled out of Fairmount and joined the masses celebrating Nuit Blanche.
Watch Yukon Blonde’s newest video for the On Blonde track “I Wanna be Your Man”