The Rural Alberta Advantage | North American Tour Dates

As much as the sophomore album from The Rural Alberta Advantage, Departing, was originally conceived as a companion to their acclaimed debut Hometowns (which earned an 8.0 from Pitchfork), the band has allowed itself to stretch out. "It's ok to be bombastic at times," says Nils Edenloff with a smile.
One of the most striking aspects of The RAA is the propulsive drumming by Paul Banwatt. Songwriter and singer Edenloff outlines the songwriting process as he brings a song or an idea to the band, and “we'll all tear it apart and build it back up," he says.
Banwatt echoes, "Once we have a song, we work out the rhythmic aspect and build the song from that. The vocals are the core so I try to keep my drum parts related to the vocal melody." His meticulous approach to the drums helps to give Departing its dynamic ebb and flow, from the big floor toms that kick off the record (“Two Lovers”) to the linear drumming on “North Star,” (a beat created by only hitting one drum at a time). Paul also had a few revelations, like opening his hi-hat on “Muscle Relaxants,” which filled out the space of the intense, driving track.
Another trick that the band uses to keep the songs fresh is to write a song on guitar and then switch the main instrument to keyboard during the rebuilding process: "The Breakup,” “Under The Knife” and “Tornado '87” each came about this way," says Edenloff. Amy Cole then adds another element, be it percussion, vocals, or keyboard, filling out the arrangements.
After a breakthrough past couple of years that saw them earn comparisons to The Arcade Fire and Neutral Milk Hotel, capture SXSW buzz playing on a bill with Grizzly Bear, sell out tours around the world, sign to Saddle Creek and Paper Bag Records, and score a "Breaking Out" feature in SPIN Magazine, The Rural Alberta Advantage are poised to explode in 2011 with Departing, out March 1st.

Preorder Departing on CD or limited edition blue vinyl here.

Preorder the reissue of Hometowns on limited edition yellow vinyl here.

The Rural Alberta Advantage Tour dates:
2/4 - Guelph, ON - River Run Centre (Hillside Inside) with Sarah Harmer
3/9 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East CafĂ©
3/10 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
3/11 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
3/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
3/13 – Washington, DC – Rock ‘N’ Roll Hotel
3/14 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
3/15 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
3/17-20 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/20 – Dallas, TX – The Loft
3/22 – Ames, IA – The Maintenance Shop at Iowa State University
3/23 – Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet
3/24 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
3/25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
3/26 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
3/27 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
3/31 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
4/1 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina
4/2 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
4/5 – Calgary, AB – Republik
4/6 – Nelson, BC – The Royal on Baker
4/7 – Kelowna, BC – Habitat
4/8 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
4/9 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
4/10 – Seattle, WA – The Tractor Tavern
4/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Bottom of the Hill
4/13 – San Francisco, CA – The Bottom of the Hill
4/15 - Indio, CA - Coachella
4/20 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
4/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
4/21 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
4/22 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
4/23 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
4/24 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom