The Rural Alberta Advantage
|The Rural Alberta Advantage|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Associated acts||Henri Fabergé and the Adorables
|Past members||Amy Cole|
The Rural Alberta Advantage is a Canadian indie rock band that formed in 2005 in Toronto. The band consists of Nils Edenloff on lead vocals and guitar, Robin Hatch on backing vocals and keyboard, and Paul Banwatt on drums. They have released three albums and are signed to Paper Bag Records in Canada and Saddle Creek Records internationally. In 2011 they were nominated for a Polaris Music Prize.
Regarding how they met, the band has said in an interview: "We all hosted an open stage at The Winchester in Cabbagetown, and that led to us forming The RAA. Nobody ever came to our night, and now that place is a Tim Hortons. I'm not saying it was our fault. I'm just saying it's a pretty big coincidence. I mean, the place was around for 120 years, but less than one year with us.... We have no regrets though. We'll close as many venues as it takes." The band's name was coined by Edenloff's brother, when he wrote in an e-mail to Edenloff that he was planning to explore "the rural Alberta advantage" by spending some time back on the family farm near Donalda, Alberta where they had spent part of their childhoods.
First formed in 2005, the band recorded a demo tape and released an EP independently before completing their first full-length album, Hometowns, in early 2008. Hometowns was recorded and produced from April 2007 to March 2008 by Roger Leavens at BoomBox Sound in Toronto, Ontario. The band toured extensively across Canada, including shows at the Pop Montreal and Halifax Pop Explosion festivals, to support Hometowns.
The band was selected as eMusic's featured artist of the month for November 2008. The band subsequently signed to Saddle Creek Records in 2009, and Hometowns was re-released by the label in July. The band was also selected as the X3 Artist of the month by Aux.tv, CBC Radio 3 and Exclaim! for July 2009.
On September 12, 2016 Amy Cole announced her departure from the group via the band's website. On September 18, the band announced a new tour with keyboard, bass pedal and backup vocals being supplied by Robin Hatch. On November 7, the band announced that their fourth studio album White Lights is forthcoming.
- The Rural Alberta Advantage EP (2006)
- Hometowns (2008, re-released by Saddle Creek / Paper Bag Records 2009)
- Departing (Saddle Creek / Paper Bag Records, 2011)
- Mended with Gold (Paper Bag Records, 2014)
- "Drain the Blood" b/w "Eye of the Tiger" (Saddle Creek, 2010)
- "Frank, AB (Remix)" b/w "The Deadroads" (Kickstarter, 2010) referencing the Frank Slide
- "Tornado '87" b/w "Departing" (Saddle Creek / Paper Bag Records 2011) referencing the Edmonton Tornado
- "Stamp" b/w "Departing" (Saddle Creek / Paper Bag Records 2011)
- Friends in Bellwoods (2007): "The Air"
- Friends in Bellwoods II (2009): "Rough and Tumble" (early version of "Barnes' Yard" from Departing)
- "Advantage: Team Rural Alberta", eye weekly, November 26, 2008.
- The Rural Alberta Advantage. Wavelength, November 3, 2006.
- "Rural Alberta Advantage's Prairie Home Companion". Exclaim!, June 23, 2009.
- "US Archives - Wondering Sound". emusic.com.
- "The Rural Alberta Advantage Sign with Saddle Creek". Exclaim!, May 1, 2009.
- "The Rural Alberta Advantage reveal new album, ‘Departing’". aux.tv, December 6, 2010.
- "2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List announced". aux.tv, June 16, 2011.
- "The Rural Alberta Advantage Announce 'Mended with Gold,' Premiere New Track". Exclaim!, July 8, 2014