Brother + The Wild

August 29, 2017

The Rural Alberta Advantage will release their new album, The Wild, on October 13 with longtime label partners Saddle Creek in the US and Paper Bag Records in Canada, Europe and the UK. Pre-orders for the album are now available on digital and limited edition colour vinyl exclusive to each of the labels’ online shops.

Album pre-orders for the US can be found here.

Album pre-orders for Canada/UK/EU can be found here.

Today, we’re also sharing the stunning hand-painted video for the album’s first single “Brother”.

“Some people might hear the song as something bleak or overly dark, but I don’t really see it that way,” says Edenloff about “Brother”. “In my mind, it’s always been more about finding comfort in change, trying to embrace the idea of an unknown outcome and how those can often bring about the most positive result that you never knew was there.”

The Wild track list:

1. Beacon Hill

2. Bad Luck Again

3. Alive

4. Brother

5. Toughen Up

6. White Lights

7. Alright

8. Selfish Dreams

9. Wild Grin

10. Letting Go

North American tour dates are now on sale for all shows beginning on October 20th.

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THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE ANNOUNCE FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

August 12, 2017

The RAA Fall 2017 Tour

The Rural Alberta Advantage- Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and Robin Hatch- will hit the road joined by Vancouver’s Yukon Blonde for two months through North America beginning October 20. Tickets for all shows will be on sale this Friday, August 18.

The RAA has released two new songs- “White Lights” and “Beacon Hill”, inspired by the wildfires that ravaged Edenloff’s hometown of Fort McMurray, AB last year- since embarking on a series of sold out road-testing shows through some of their favourite smaller clubs in the US, Canada, UK and Germany earlier this year. News of the fourth album from The Rural Alberta Advantage will be coming soon.

The Rural Alberta Advantage Tour Dates:

Fri Oct 20 St John’s, NL @ Club One *
Sat Oct 21 Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop *
Tues Oct 24 Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre *
Thurs Oct 26 Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s *
Thurs Nov 2 Cambridge, MA @ Sinclair *
Fri Nov 3 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Sat Nov 4 NYC, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Mon Nov 6 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
Tue Nov 7 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight *
Wed Nov 8 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Fri Nov 10 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *
Sat Nov 11 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone *
Sun Nov 12 Dallas, TX @ Dada *
Mon Nov 13 Austin, TX @ Barracuda *
Thurs Nov 16 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Fri Nov 17 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour *
Sat Nov 18 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Hall *
Mon Nov 20 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
Tue Nov 21 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
Fri Nov 24 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore *
Sat Nov 25 Kelowna, BC @ Kelowna Community Theatre *
Mon Nov 27 Red Deer, AB @ Red Deer Memorial Centre *
Wed Nov 29 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall *
Thurs Nov 30 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall **SOLD OUT**
Fri Dec 1 Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians *
Sat Dec 2 Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid *
Sun Dec 3 Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave *
Wed Dec 6 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall **SOLD OUT**
Thurs Dec 7 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *

*with Yukon Blonde

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Beacon Hill

January 11, 2017

Our new song, “Beacon Hill,” was inspired by the devastating wildfires that led to a total evacuation of Nils’ onetime home of Fort McMurray, AB earlier this year.

Listen and download here-
iTunes/Apple Music : http://geni.us/pw493z
Spotify: http://geni.us/IYHnaB
Google Play: http://geni.us/97BUuj
Deezer: http://geni.us/af3fFHm

From Nils:

On May 1st 2016, a wildfire started just southwest of Fort McMurray, a city where I’d spent most of my teens growing up. While wildfires aren’t totally uncommon in the region, the dry and above average conditions at the time quickly made the situation unmanageable. By that evening, several neighborhoods were being evacuated and by May 3rd the entire city of more than 80,000 people was being evacuated.

I remember the evening of the evacuation, watching the images on the CBC’s news reports. Beacon Hill was one of the hardest hit areas and some of the footage that came out of there made it look just biblical- real fire and brimstone sort of stuff. The next day I actually heard rumours that the high school I attended burnt down (it didn’t) but because the city was empty, no one could really confirm anything. Everyone feared the worst.

Now, like a lot people who grew up in Fort McMurray, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the place. Growing up there, I knew it wasn’t the last stop for me but my life has become inexorably tied to the place and it’s shaped my life in more ways that I could have ever anticipated.

It’s been a number of years since I’ve been back to Fort McMurray and if I never go back then that will be my choice, but I knew the city would always be there. The idea that maybe there might not be anything to go back to one day wasn’t something that I’d ever prepared myself for.

Oddly enough, after the fire threat had passed and before the evacuation order had been lifted, there were two unrelated explosions one day apart which destroyed several houses and damaged a number of others in the area. Of the three places that I called home while living up there, I lived a stones throw from both of those explosions.

See you soon,

The RAA

West Coasting in February

December 6, 2016

 

Roadtesting round 3 will hit the West Coast of the US and Canada this February. All on sale now.

 

 

The RAA On Tour

Jan 16 Berlin, Badehaus
https://goo.gl/ZdiKtV
Jan 17 Bremen, MS Treue
https://goo.gl/630v4q
Jan 18 Dusseldorf, Zakk
https://goo.gl/8I3soJ
Jan 20 London, The Lexington *SOLD OUT*
Jan 21 London, Camden Assembly Hall *SOLD OUT*
Jan 23 Manchester, Gullivers
https://goo.gl/SQwNcF
Jan 24 Glasgow, Broadcast
https://goo.gl/M02JnX
Feb 20 Los Angeles, Bootleg
https://goo.gl/GidzMy
Feb 22 San Francisco, Bottom of the Hill
https://goo.gl/AZZoIu
Feb 24 Seattle, Tractor Tavern
http://bit.ly/RAA2_24
Feb 25 Vancouver, Fox Theatre
https://goo.gl/ejk93J
Feb 27 Nelson, Hume hotel
http://tinyurl.com/hbwzz7w
Mar 1 Calgary, Commonwealth *SOLD OUT*
Mar 2 Red Deer, Bo’s
https://goo.gl/4KUKvH
Mar 3 Edmonton, The Needle *SOLD OUT*

“White Lights” + RoadTesting Tour Round 2

November 18, 2016

White Lights is the first new song that is now ready to be shared with you all! Thank you to our friends in Minneapolis, St Paul, Chicago and Brooklyn for an incredible first run of shows earlier this month. It was amazing to see your faces again!

Stream and purchase the new song now-

On iTunes
http://found.ee/whitelights_it

On Spotify
http://geni.us/mBhJF

On Apple Music
http://found.ee/whitelights_am

We’ll be bringing more new material, alongside some old classics that hadn’t made it into live shows on earlier tours to Germany and the UK in January. All tickets on sale now!

Jan 16 Berlin, Badehaus
https://goo.gl/ZdiKtV
Jan 17 Bremen, MS Treue
https://goo.gl/630v4q
Jan 18 Dusseldorf, Zakk
https://goo.gl/8I3soJ
Jan 20 London, The Lexington *sold out*
Jan 21 London, Camden Assembly Hall- just added!
http://bit.ly/2f88GDm
Jan 23 Manchester, Gullivers
https://goo.gl/SQwNcF
Jan 24 Glasgow, Broadcast
https://goo.gl/M02JnX

See you soon!

– The RAA

New Shows On Sale Now!

September 18, 2016

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Each album we’ve done has been a collaborative effort between each of us and all of you, and your input on these shows is an incredible encouragement before we return home to hit record. We’d love you to join us as we figure out what these new tunes we’ve been working on are going to sound like (and shout out your requests for the catalogue classics) on our first run of road-testing shows for the next record.

You’ll also notice a new face on stage with us- Robin Hatch has been writing and performing with us over the Summer, and we’re psyched for you all to meet her.

-Nils and Paul

Nov 3 Minneapolis, MN at 7th St Entry
http://bit.ly/2cjExgC

Nov 4 St Paul, MN at Turf Club
http://bit.ly/2criB5M

Nov 5 Chicago, IL at Schubas
http://bit.ly/2c6uUpb

Nov 6 Chicago, IL at Schubas
http://bit.ly/2czZqsh

Nov 9 Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right
http://ticketf.ly/2cj7fxR

Nov 10 Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right
http://ticketf.ly/2c4fZar

Thank You Amy

September 12, 2016

Hey everybody,

Amy has some news to share, and we’d like to let her share it. We’ll have some exciting RAA announcements for you guys soon. For right now, we just want to say: Amy, thank you and we love you. – Nils and Paul

To our fans & friends,

I have loved being a part of the RAA, but I’ve decided to step away from the old bass pedals, at least for now.  But I couldn’t leave without thanking you for the memories that we’ve shared together.  It has been an honour to visit your cities and countries and towns and festivals, and to perform for you and meet you and talk and take pictures and laugh and sometimes cry with you.  These are all moments I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I’ll always be grateful to you for listening to our band and giving us the gift of the last eleven years.

Paul and Nils are my brothers for life, and they’re going to continue to be the amazing geniuses that they are and give you everything they have.  Give them hugs for me when you see ‘em out on the road.

Thanks again.

–AMY xoxo

‘Not Love Or Death’ Video!

June 18, 2015

Our new video for “Not Love Or Death” has been making the rounds, and we’re super proud of it. Thank you to Sean Wainsteim and his entire team of creative folks who made this gem happen after so many setbacks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J37XJxYzVOs&feature=youtu.be

“This was the first song we wrote and recorded for Mended With Gold,” says Amy. “It’s hands-down my favourite song from the record, and I think it’s one of the best songs we’ve ever done. The whole thing sounds like it’s seconds away from totally spiraling out of control and crashing hard, which is pretty much our sweet spot as a band.”

“Part killer band performance, part experimental narrative, the video for The Rural Alberta Advantage’s ‘Not Love or Death’ explores ideas of time, memory and space through the lens of one girl reflecting on her first relationship,” adds Wainsteim. “Taking place entirely in her bedroom, a roving camera drifts through moments of her past that begin to bleed together and eventually overlap.

“This video was a massive technical challenge. The goal was to create a camera that moves independent of any set narrative but give glimpses of scenes as they unfold in one space. We designed and constructed a set with moving walls for our camera to explore.”

– The RAA

On The Rocks, on The Rock

January 19, 2015

Tour Alert: We’re heading East!

3/22 Québec City, Petit Imperial de Quebec
3/23 Fredericton, The Capital Complex *Second Show Added*
3/24 Moncton, Tide & Boar Ballroom
3/25 Charlottetown, Hunter’s Ale House
3/26 Fredericton, The Capital Complex *Sold Out*
3/27 Halifax, The Marquee Club
3/28 St. John`s, Rock House *Sold Out*
3/29 St. John’s, Rock House *Second Show Added*

See you soon!

– The RAA

Vulcan, AB

November 19, 2014

A few weeks ago, we stopped in Vulcan, Alberta after our Calgary show and spent a couple of hours shooting this video.

Yes, it’s a real town. And, it’s a blast.

Thanks to the fine folks at Ramble Films for hanging with us in Vulcan. Check out more from them here .