Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on March 14, 2009

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - Don't Haunt this place (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Frank, AB" (MP3)

TRAA @ Pianos - their first NYC show (photo by Fred Wilson)
The Rural Alberta Advantage

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.

TRAA's debut, 2008's Hometowns, is available from the band; a remixed version of song "Sleep All Day" is up on Green Go's Myspace.

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

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Comments (14)

And why are they not signed yet? Oh well... the brilliance can remain untouched only so much longer!

Posted by Goosebumps | March 14, 2009 10:50 AM

wow! great band!

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2009 12:03 PM

unsigned???


is this a joke?

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2009 12:17 PM

They are good Belle & Sebastian copycats.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2009 3:55 PM

Honetowns and Merriweather = 2 best ablums of '09 so far

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2009 6:37 PM

What? A band from Canada that is awesome? Since when?

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2009 9:52 PM

they sound nothing like Belle & Sebasitan. Technically the record came out in 2008, but it will make my best of 2009 list for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2009 12:05 PM

drummer is a freaking mad man in that live version of Don't Haunt This Place.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2009 12:08 PM

Paul Banwatt is one of the best drummers I know today. Hometowns was easily my favourite album of 2008; I'm so glad that they're finally getting recognition in the states.

Posted by singinglamb | March 24, 2009 2:07 PM

Here Wo Go Magic + The Antlers = the show of 2009 you were going to want to say you were at.

Those 2 bands are really really great. Watch out.

Posted by mass mailer | April 13, 2009 10:00 PM

Here Wo Go Magic + The Antlers = the show of 2009 you were going to want to say you were at.

Those 2 bands are really really great. Watch out.

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Technically the record came out in 2008, but it will make my best of 2009 list for sure.

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