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The Georgia Straight - - Music - By Kate Wil­son

from page 29 the in­stru­men­ta­tion, so I wouldn’t for­get it. When I got back to Canada, I went to Van­cou­ver. My brother was study­ing record­ing arts and so we recorded it in his bath­room in his tiny apart­ment.”

In­spired by that song­writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Young next joined lo­cal in­die dar­lings Sex With Strangers, be­fore strik­ing out on her own. Call­ing up friends in bands, she poached four play­ers and started an orig­i­nal group she dubbed Young­blood, af­ter her child­hood nick­name. The newly minted five-piece, how­ever, ran into trou­ble as soon as its songs be­gan pick­ing up trac­tion.

“When you start play­ing mu­sic, you want to be suc­cess­ful, but I don’t think we thought it would take off as quickly as it did,” she says. “So I just picked a name that I liked, and it maybe wasn’t as strate­gic as it should have been for SEO [search-engine op­ti­miza­tion]. Once we started be­com­ing a bit more pop­u­lar, peo­ple would try to find us on the In­ter­net af­ter shows. I would have to stand next to them and give them the spe­cific URL.”

Bit­ing the bul­let to help in­crease hits, the group re­cently changed its name from Young­blood to Blonde Di­a­mond—a moniker that Young be­lieves helps en­cap­su­late the band’s retro-fu­tur­is­tic sound and ’70s in­spi­ra­tions. Those in­flu­ences are all over the band’s new EP, Fan­tasy Love. Re­leased in mid-oc­to­ber this year, the record has be­gun to build a fol­low­ing for the group’s new iden­tity, with six tracks filled with synth stabs and funk-fu­elled bass lines.

“Fan­tasy Love has a lit­tle bit more of an or­ganic sound, with more play­ers on it, but it was recorded in the stu­dio as well,” she says. “The songs are live off the floor, which is kind of what I wanted. I liked get­ting the in­spi­ra­tion from the recorded stu­dio project and then the live sound. I thought it would be cool to be in con­trol of the ef­fects in the stu­dio, and cre­ate, like, a sound­scape and an at­mos­phere in the room, and then when you go to play it live you do it in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way.”

Young is ex­cited to travel with the new songs and plans to spend much of the fore­see­able fu­ture on the road.

“That’s kind of the main fo­cus,” she says. “It’s about just shar­ing the EP with the world.”

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