Yukon Blonde's Graham Jones on seeing Bob Dylan and Moneen, and playing Dallas for the first time
Canadian four-piece Yukon Blonde hits the Double Wide tonight, and nestle up to the cavernous harmonies of Fleet Foxes and early My Morning Jacket. You'll hear plenty from the band's 2011 EP, Fire/Water, as well as their self-titled debut.
In advance, we talked with drummer Graham Jones about his first show experiences. If you've devised a drinking game with this column by now, then yes, take a sip because Mary Jane is mentioned, as well as Jones' experiences seeing Bob Dylan and Moneen.
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What was the first show you remember seeing? Were you with your parents?
My first show was amazing. My parents treated me to Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in Vancouver. I was 13 and had incredible seats. Dylan opened, Simon headlined; at the time I was really into Graceland. Epic night to say the least. I was also offered my first joint. I didn't take it, seeing that my dad was right beside me.
What was the first show you paid for? Anything to brag about?
I went to see a Canadian band called Moneen in grade 10. I lived in a really small, out-of-the-way town in northern British Columbia. Only five people attended, and I've never seen a band go so crazy for such a small crowd. Best $8 I could have spent and an inspiring moment for me.
So far, what's the worst show you've ever seen?
Again, I saw Bob Dylan a few years later. His set was incredibly boring. He played the piano the whole time, and really should stick to guitar or just sing. However, he can't sing either. Needless to say it was bad, and I wish I could have that $80 back.
What do you remember about the first Yukon Blonde show?
We played this Halloween show in our hometown of Kelowna B.C. At the time our band was called AlphaBaby. This was our first appearance as Yukon Blonde, so the posters for the show read "AlphaBaby's Dead" Halloween concert. We rented huge fuzzy bunny costumes and played all new material for our friends.
What do you remember about the first time you played Dallas?
We played Dallas last summer with a group called Good Old War from Philly. I remember this day vividly -- I've never sweat so much in my life. Touring the Southern states is incredibly humid during the summer months, we don't get that kind of weather in Vancouver. Oh, and after the show, these girls took us to a Jenga bar! Too fun.