Hometowns is the debut album by Canadian indie rock band The Rural Alberta Advantage. Originally released independently in early 2008, the album gained international exposure when the band was selected as eMusic's featured artist of the month for November 2008. The band subsequently signed to Saddle Creek Records, and the label rereleased the album on July 7, 2009.
The Rural Alberta Advantage's percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak, and relentless tradition of touring have taken the trio of Amy Cole, Paul Banwatt and Nils Edenloff 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. Their most recent album, The Wild (2017), features the singles ‘White Lights’ and ‘Brother’. The band heads out for a small tour across North America this Spring to perform and re-form some of the new material they’ve been working on. Expect new music soon.
Hometowns by The Rural Alberta Advantage, released 03 February 2010 1. The Ballad of The RAA 2. Rush Apart 3. The Dethbridge In Lethbridge 4. Don't Haunt This Place 5. The Deadroads 6. Drain The Blood 7. Luciana 8. Frank, AB 9. The Air 10. Sleep All Day 11. Four Night Rider 12. Edmonton 13. In The Summertime. Travis Button Have loved this album for quite sometime, and now I'm a proud owner of the vinyl.
Hometowns by The Rural Alberta Advantage, released 07 July 2009 1. Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Purchasable with gift card. Vinyl LP. Record/Vinyl + Digital Album. 180g vinyl pressed at RTI - Includes CD Includes unlimited streaming of Hometowns via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. ships out within 1 day.
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, Amy Cole (Robin Hatch between September 2016 and January 2018) on keyboards, bass, and backing vocals, and Paul Banwatt on drums. They have released four 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.
Though currently based in Toronto, the Rural Alberta Advantage draw upon the Prairie Province heritage of lead singer/songwriter Nils Edenloff for inspiration. The RAA’s sparse, keening style of country-rock (akin to Son Volt, except edgier) provides a sturdy vehicle for Edenloff’s tense, unsettled lyrics. If such themes sound a bit heavy, they are leavened by Edenloff’s spiky guitar strokes and Paul Banwatt’s brisk, nicely splashy drum work. Especially tasty is the band’s playing on Don’t Haunt This Place (a jittery slice of post-breakup angst) and Four Night Rider (matching a galloping tempo with an uplifting lyric). The pastoral, fitfully hopeful In the Summertime brings this emotionally conflicted album to a satisfying close. While the RAA’s songs seem rooted in a specific time and place, there’s a universal quality to their tales of bruised love and strangled aspirations.
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The scope of Hometowns feels a little too narrow for such a dynamic sound. Still, the album is endlessly listenable and solid throughout. 60. All too often, that energy is lost when a talented young band like this enters the studio, and RAA do their best to transcend the limitations of their home recorded calling card, but that energy eating reaper follows Hometowns around like a cop car on a Saturday night.