PLAYS: 30 dec
STAGE: garden stage
So often, artist monikers can sound like throwaway; abject attempts at edginess and SEO optimisation. Yukon Era is neither.
There are a lot of bands in Auckland. There are a lot of bands from the North Shore. But, Yukon Era occupy a unique, small territory; much like that of actual Yukon region in Canada. They’re young enough to have avoided succumbing to industry weariness or scene categorisation, yet old enough to have spent money on a decent amplifier.
They occupy a space in time where Metz are a click away from Black Sabbath, where you can mention Mac DeMarco & Metallica in the same breath and not sound like an idiot. And you can hear it. As soon as the playful vocals of Christian Dimick lull you into an “indie throwback” mood, the band (comprising of Lachie Thurlow, Pierre Beasley and James Dimick) deftly changes tack, using rhythm & dynamics as integral songwriting tools to create something both fervently modern, and stubbornly classic.
Forming in June 2015, already the boys have caught the attention of The New Zealand Herald, Impose Mag, Vice's Noisey, Under The Radar and Radio New Zealand, and have supported international acts such as The Cult, The Reubens, Mac Demarco, Viet Cong, and Mini Mansions. They also appeared at the Auckland leg of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2017.
After releasing two EP’s, the boys are set to release their debut full length album, recorded at Red Bull Studios in Auckland, in 2018.