Over the past year, Yukon Blonde and their frontman Jeffrey Innes’ side project, High Ends have added their name to a lengthy list of mainstays on this site. Interestingly, High Ends was at the time, a major sonic and aesthetic departure from Innes’ primarily gig in Yukon Blonde as the side project employed analog synthesizers to create a sound that possessed a hypnotic and hazy quality. And in some way, the High Ends project seemed to have influenced “Saturday Night,” the first single off the band’s latest effort, On Blonde that interestingly enough sounded as though it could have been released in 1983, as well as being one of the most arena rock friendly sounds they’ve probably ever released.
The album’s latest single however, “I Wanna Be Your Man,” suggests that the band hasn’t decided to put away their guitars for good; in fact, the song sounds as though Innes and company had been playing T. Rex albums before writing it, as it has a decidedly decadent, glam rock feel – or in other words, big power chords, propulsive drumming paired with Innes’ crooning, sensual falsetto that evokes a primal, carnal desire. Synths appear during the song’s dreamy bridge that also possesses a bit of dreamy harmony before turning back to the glam rock power chords. In some way it’s a subtly modern spin on a familiar and beloved sound.
The recently released official video has a surreal and highly symbolic dream logic as it begins with a men sailing on a boat named Impatience who see an island of beautiful women and equally attractive men all vying for the other’s attention. And the gorgeously shot video explodes with a vibrant and youthfully sexual energy that’s infectious.