Concerts Concerts The Sheepdogs and Yukon Blonde at The Horseshoe

The Sheepdogs and Yukon Blonde at The Horseshoe


The Sheepdogs at Horseshoe Tavern
The Sheepdogs
Yukon Blonde
The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
December 4, 2012

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

 

The Sheepdogs and Yukon Blonde transported the packed Horseshoe Tavern crowd back into the 70's with their groovy rock-and-roll sets.

The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs have experienced a dog year paced surge in popularity over the past year and a bit and are now one of Canada’s most talked about bands. Since becoming the first unsigned band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, they have signed a record deal, recorded an album with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, toured with Kings of Leon and of course won a few Juno Awards along the way.

Before winning the Rolling Stones contest, The Sheepdogs toured relentlessly for six years and produced three full-length albums independently. They have worked hard to build a strong fan base and it is this hard work that helped herd a pack of loyal fans to The Horseshoe to see their intimate set.

If it wasn’t for "Still D.R.E.", that played as The Sheepdogs walked onto the stage with their long shaggy hair and bell bottom jeans, you would have felt as though you had been transported back in time. They play it cool and display their influences proudly. With soul and blues similar to The Guess Who and The Alman Brothers and their heavy southern rock influenced sound, The Sheepdogs transport you back into the southern United States in the late 70s.

Ewan Currie is able to command the room effortlessly. Barely lifting his eyes to meet the gazes of the audience, he gripped the crowd with his humble power and control. His heartfelt vocals match the soulful lyrics of the songs and are well supported by the strong musicianship of Leot Hanson (guitar), Ryan Gullen (bass) and Sam Corbett (drums).

The Sheepdogs started and ended the night with well known songs "How Late, How Long" and "I Don’t Know." In between was a rip-roaring good time with fan favorites "I Don’t Get By", "Who" and "The Way It Is." Carney's influence is undeniable on their new single "The Way It Is", with its heavy drums and Black Keys-esque howling melody and verses.

With very little room to move throughout the entire venue, The Sheepdogs still had the crowd dancing to the music and begging for more by the end of the set. They came back for a strong encore and left the stage with a very slight straight-faced nod to the audience from Currie, with his jean jacket slung over his shoulder.

Set List
How Late, How Long
I Need Help
Southern Dreaming
Right On
Feeling Good
Alright Ok
One You Belong
Ewans Blues
Javelina
Learn and Burn
I Don’t Get By
Who
Way It Is
Cat Fish 2
I Don’t Know

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Yukon Blonde

Yukon Blonde started the evening with an energetic 40-minute set and played through the majority of the songs on their recent album Tiger Talk. Though Jeff Innes' vocals could have been a bit louder, the band sounded great and looked genuinely excited to be there.

You can tell from their polished sound that the band has been touring and performing for years. Several times, Innes mentioned that they were thrilled to help celebrate the Horseshoe’s 65th birthday and believe they have played there at least 65 times themselves.

Stand out songs from their set included "My Girl", "Stairway" and "Radio", which all received loud cheers from the crowd and highlighted the bands harmonies.

It was a great set full of hook-heavy songs and infectious enthusiasm from the band. Yukon Blonde blends together sounds of the past with a current pop-rock sound and an exuberance that is hard to ignore.

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