Yukon Blonde SXSW 2012: Band Take a Page From Charlie Sheen With 'Tiger Talk'
It would be sad to think we have Charlie Sheen's tiger blood cocktail to thank for restoring the animal's image as the noblest and fiercest creature in the kingdom, but don't we all need whatever positive PR we can get nowadays? Yukon Blonde's Jeff Innes seems to possess a little tiger blood himself, enough to inspire what he calls "a fantasy side project" that was ultimately retooled into what has become the Vancouver quartet's second full-length album, 'Tiger Talk.'
"I wanted to call this thing 'F---ing Tigers,'" singer-guitarist Innes shouts over a noisy crowd prior to one of the band's 10 -- count 'em 10 -- SXSW sets this year.
"It never came to fruition, but it was on the pile of demos the guys listened to when we started planning out this record," he tells Spinner. "When they asked what it was, I said it was just some electro-punk s--- I was messing around with. But after they listened to it, they said that this was the stuff we should be working on. All of the song titles had the word 'tigers' on the end of them, and we were saying it so much that we finally decided just to call the album 'Tiger Talk.'"
That electro-punk edge is evident throughout the album. It comes off as a natural progression from the initial jangly guitar pop -- reminiscent of Sloan circa 'Twice Removed' -- on Yukon Blonde's 2010 self-titled debut. Following a rush of accolades for their debut, the band signed a deal with Dine Alone Records in 2011 and teamed up with Black Mountain/Ladyhawk producer Colin Stewart to create a four-song EP titled 'Fire//Water.' It was a taste of things to come, with Stewart's touch behind the board significantly expanding