The Rural Alberta Advantage — Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and Robin Hatch — are excited to share “Toughen Up,” the latest single from their new album The Wild, due October 13 via Saddle Creek (with Paper Bag Records releasing the record in Canada, Europe and the UK). The single, which showcases the band’s versatility while still retaining the earnest RAA sound fans know and love, is available to stream or embed HERE and on YouTube. Album pre-orders can be found HERE.
The band will also hit the road joined by Vancouver’s Yukon Blonde for two months through North America beginning October 20. The U.S. dates include a two night stand in New York City, as well as stops in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. The full list of tour dates on sale now can be found below.
Change is constant. Certainly that’s always been the case with the Rural Alberta Advantage. Through three albums, Juno and Polaris nominations, the steady hum of critical praise and the relentless miles of constant touring, the trio 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. Maybe it’s the fact that singer and songwriter Edenloff almost watched his childhood home of Fort McMurray burn to the ground. Maybe it’s just that everyone in the band is getting older. Maybe it’s just that we’ve all had a rough year. But never before has the band felt quite so surrounded by the heaviness of being – nor quite so determined to pull through.
The RAA have already released three songs from The Wild. Watch the Anne Douris-directed video for “Brother” here. Listen to “White Lights” (video) and “Beacon Hill,” which was inspired by the wildfires that ravaged Edenloff’s hometown of Fort McMurray, AB last year.
The Rural Alberta Advantage’s upcoming tour dates:
Fri Oct 20 St John’s, NL @ Club One *
Sat Oct 21 Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop/MultiPurpose Centre *
Tues Oct 24 Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre *
Thurs Oct 26 Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s *
Thurs Nov 2 Cambridge, MA @ Sinclair *
Fri Nov 3 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Sat Nov 4 NYC, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Mon Nov 6 Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel *
Tue Nov 7 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight *
Wed Nov 8 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Fri Nov 10 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *
Sat Nov 11 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone *
Sun Nov 12 Dallas, TX @ Dada *
Mon Nov 13 Austin, TX @ Barracuda *
Thurs Nov 16 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Fri Nov 17 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour *
Sat Nov 18 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Hall *
Mon Nov 20 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
Tue Nov 21 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
Fri Nov 24 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore *
Sat Nov 25 Kelowna, BC @ Kelowna Community Theatre *
Mon Nov 27 Red Deer, AB @ Red Deer Memorial Centre *
Wed Nov 29 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall *
Thurs Nov 30 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall * SOLD OUT
Fri Dec 1 Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians *
Sat Dec 2 Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid *
Sun Dec 3 Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave *
Wed Dec 6 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall * SOLD OUT
Thurs Dec 7 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
* – with Yukon Blonde