The Rural Alberta Advantage’s percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak, and relentless tradition of touring have taken the trio from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as “Canada’s best unsigned band” to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note.
Through three albums, Juno and Polaris nominations, the steady hum of critical praise and the relentless miles of constant touring, the trio and recent addition Robin Hatch have not just been confronted with change, they have been wailing, pounding and sighing their way through it. Change hung over them in the melancholy nostalgia of Hometowns, shook them during the finding-your-feet urgency of Departing and found its way through their cracks in the turmoil of Mended with Gold.
Though it’s always left a mark on the band, as they journey into The Wild, their fourth album, this perpetual change seemed to be casting a darker shadow. Duelling ideas of wonder and woe have always been essential to the RAA, but this dynamic might be at its most acute on The Wild, which even down to its title evokes ideas of huddling together while something lopes and lingers on the edge of our awareness. The band weathers the storm of ill tidings in the pounding ‘Bad Luck Again,’ searches for a fading connection over the dark distances of ‘Brother’ and finds thrilling abandon and a disconcerting recklessness in ‘Wild Grin’.
Watch the video for ‘Brother’ below:
Plus support from Yukon Blonde
After the last show of their final European Tour, in support of their 2015 Album, ‘On Blonde’, Yukon Blonde were not ready to come home to Canada – So they didn’t. Instead, frontman Jeff Innes relocated to Madrid, Spain; to be joined sporadically by his bandmates over the following months. ‘Crazy’ and ‘Emotional Blackmail’ are the first songs to be released from this period and were written in the gardens of the El Retiro, over beers at Restaraunte Padron, and from a one room apartment on San Bernardino, Malasana.
After coming back to Canada the band retreated to the West Coast, and their studio on Galiano Island, an island of less than 1000 people off the coast of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, and it was there that the band finished the writing process. These songs we produced by Yukon Blonde and Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat) and additionally mixed by Steve Bays at Tugboat Studios in Vancouver.
A full length album produced by Thom D’Arcy (Sheepdogs, Bros) and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Air, Beck, M83) will follow in the 2018.