Doing his best to ignite a thinning Tuesday night crowd at Café Du Nord, shaggy Yukon Blonde frontman Jeff Innes turned to one of the few good things about the day following the one with the worst reputation (Mondays): Cheap fast food.
That didn’t seem to reawaken the few dozen people who remained close to midnight, but luckily, the Vancouver, B.C., band’s music should convince fans to come out when the band returns; preferably on a weekend.
Yukon Blonde is a dance-rock band in the vein of the Killers, but with a Southern twist when Innes harmonizes with one of his other bandmates, on songs like “Stairway.” There are also elements of Afropop on songs like “Iron Fist,” as well as ‘60s garage-pop. They definitely have the “ooh-oohs” and “woah-ohs” down on tracks like “My Girl,” which translate well from album to the stage.
Probably due to earlier stage slots, two San Francisco openers had a significantly larger crowd than the headliners.
Together, We Can Rule the Galaxy, a ragtag pop-punk bunch ranging in age by at least 15 years, featured complimentary guitarists who more often than not drowned out the vocals, and Summer Glau-lookalike on bass. It was difficult not to picture Terminator Jr. shooting steely glares from the stage.
Breezy surf pop band The Wild Kindness, along the lines of Beach House and Young the Giant, finished their short set with a song based on the plot of the film, ‘Melancholia,” telling the story much better in four minutes than the film did in two hours.