Yukon Blonde Fire//Water

Yukon Blonde Fire//Water
Yukon Blonde's self-titled debut snuck up on many people, who were ultimately won over by the Vancouver, BC band's brilliant vocal harmonies and unabashed embrace of '70s AM rock. While we wait for their next punk rock-inspired full-length, the quartet have offered up this four-track EP, either as a crass stop-gap or as a last ditch effort to shake off the remainders of the sound that brought them to prominence. Regardless, "Fire" finds the band in fine form, easily matching the strongest tracks on their debut. It also adds a more ambient layer to their sound, both in the soaring vocals and tasteful guitar fills, giving it, and the EP as a whole, a bit more depth. The other three tracks don't match the high-bar set by the opener, although the "woah oh" chants in "School Kids" comes close. But Yukon Blonde are still capable of tapping into the nostalgic sound that made us fall in love with them in the first place. (Nevado)