by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - Don't Haunt this place (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Frank, AB" (MP3)
The Rural Alberta Advantage is playing SXSW next week, with shows that include the eMusic Official SXSW Showcase on Thursday, March 19th. They go on right before Grizzly Bear. After that, the band has a short tour booked with The Spinto Band which brings them to Brooklyn's Bell House on Sunday, April 5th. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.
The Rural Alberta Advantage's first-ever NYC show took place January 27th, 2009, at Pianos (pic above). In attendence was eMusic's 17 dots blog, who wrote, "The room was packed, everyone knew every word to every song, the energy was perfect...To anyone who witnessed their performance, it's now a God-given fact that this band is going to make it. Whatever 'it' is these days, they will achieve it." A few months earlier eMusic also ran a feature on them.
The indie-pop trio's sound is greatly bolstered by drummer Paul Banwatt - who fills space in the band's songs sound with a fury of drums that competes with the harmonies of Amy Cole and Nils Edenloff for most immediately gripping element. BV wrote previously that when discussing the Canadian band (from rural Alberta, in fact), "it's hard not to mention Neutral Milk Hotel." That comparison comes from both Edenloff's vocal delivery and lyrical subject matter (wistful innocence, notalgia, but less antiquated and fatalistic than NMH) and the fact that both fill musical space with a similarly unnerving amount of sound - be it organ, drums, trumpet, or voice.
All tour dates and a pair of live videos from the band's NYC debut @ Pianos below...
The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Don't Haunt This Place" @ Pianos NYC
The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Edmonton" @ Pianos NYC
The Rural Alberta Advantage - 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 19 - SXSW, Central Presbyterian Church eMusic Official SXSW Showcase w/Grizzly Bear & Girls
Mar 20 - SXSW, Hot Freaks Day Party @ The Mohawk
Mar 20 - SXSW, Music By the Slice Day Party @ Homeslice Pizza
Mar 25 - Peterborough, Gordon Best Theatre w/Mandibles & Entire Cities
Mar 31 - St Louis, The Billiken Club *
Apr 1 - Chicago, Schuba's *
Apr 2 - Newport, Southgate House *
Apr 4 - Washington DC, Rock 'N Roll Hotel
Apr 5 - Brooklyn, The Bell House *
May 22 - Buffalo, Mohawk Place w/Helio Sequence
* w/Spinto Band