By Tom Paille
VANCOUVER – Alexis Youngblood bounces into the coffee shop an hour late, all apologies and smiles. The lead singer of Vancouver pop outfit, Youngblood, she has just returned home from her second European tour and immediately has plunged back into the recording studio for some pretty long days. “No rest in between, really,” she says. “My manager phoned and we were like in the next morning.” Even exhausted, she exudes energy and passion. When asked if her daily life is anything like her onstage persona, she laughs. “Pretty much, just way more obnoxious! Anything goes up there!”
According to Youngblood the Europe tour was a success — sold out shows in old historic venues, rockstar VIP treatment behind the scenes and audiences eager to show their appreciation and respect of the arts and live music. She gushes about their fan’s reaction, “I wish some of the North American crowds would react more like how the Europeans celebrate live music and don’t just go to shows with a reserved kind of ‘sit back and watch’ mentality.”
Youngblood definitely knows a thing or two about getting the crowd involved with her interactive performance style and is looking forward to again having the crowd in the palm of her hand. Energetic and cheeky, Youngblood keeps you guessing as to what’s coming next onstage, and sometimes, even she doesn’t know. “Keep ‘em guessing, right?” With new music not officially to be released until “spring…ish of 2018,” we’ll have to rely on some of the earlier hits like the Bond-theme-esque “Easy Nothing” or the band’s most recent bi-lingual single, “Laisse Tomber les Filles,” either of which could have rolled off a ‘60’s jukebox.
Youngblood’s website claims they are “what the ’60s thought the future would sound like.” When asked if maybe she was born in the wrong era, she laughs, “Realistically, if you look at what was going on in the ’60s, I would have had a hard time being a woman in both the music industry and in society in general. So much has changed for the good now but I would have had a lot of issues with civil rights, women’s rights…but the style and music and art were just so amazing and, yeah, I take a lot of that with me into my music and life.” For a modern rock band, that can be a very cool thing, both visually and musically.
Youngblood perform at the Biltmore Cabaret on Nov. 25The Biltmore Cabaret, Youngblood