Last year, Yukon Blonde’s frontman Jeffrey Innes had excess time off while on the road and a burst of creativity that prompted him to start a solo side project, High Ends, which was a bit of a sonic departure from his primary gig as Innes started using analog synthesizers to craft a sound that was hypnotic and hazy. 

Interestingly, Innes’ band, Yukon Blonde recently released a new single “Saturday Night,” off the band’s forthcoming new album, slated for release this summer. And in some way, the new single reflects a similar change in sonic direction that Yukon Blonde fans saw with Innes’ side project, High Ends, as you’ll hear a greater use of synthesizers than on previous Yukon Blonde releases; in fact, the incredibly slick song sounds as though it could have been released in 1983 or so as it possesses a swooning romanticism that seems heightened by the pairing of four-on-the-floor-like drumming, layers of shimmering and buzzing synths, angular and reverb-y guitar, sinuous bass and Innes’ vocals on this track – which are the most sensual and swaggering he’s probably ever sounded. But interestingly enough, the song also arguably manages to be the most hook-laden arena rock friendly song they’ve released; in fact, somehow, I can picture the band playing this song in front of a massive strobe light display with fans signing along with the hook. 

After the prerequisite 42 sets in 4 day odyssey of Austin’s SXSW, the band will be embarking on a spring tour with Lieutenant, Nate Mendel (of Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate)’s side project, and the tour will include a NYC area date – March 30 at St. Vitus, over in Greenpoint.