The Rural Alberta Advantage has new music for your listening pleasure. The first single from their upcoming album Mended With Gold was shared last night on the band’s Soundcloud page and is officially released today, July 8th – the same night the band will perform at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall.
“Terrified” is off the band’s third upcoming album called Mended With Gold due out September 30 via Paper Bag Records. RAA’s past couple years have been hugely successful, earning widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), the Polaris Music Prize Long List, and a hard earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see.
Listen to “Terrified” below:
When asked about the writing process, singer and songwriter Nils recalls spending some time alone in a cottage:
“Last spring, I rented a remote cottage up in the Bruce Peninsula on the recommendation of some friends to try to do some writing for the new album. It turned out to be a pretty terrifying place to be alone with your thoughts – locals told me to watch out for black bears, the heat wasn’t working and at night it sounded like the cottage was surrounded by wolves. I slept with a pocket knife at arms-reach. It’s funny the lines that will run through your head when you’re alone like that and trying to get yourself to sleep- they inspired “To Be Scared”, which is probably one of my favorite songs on the record.”
The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more valuable instead of a blemish to disguise. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes, losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably powerful work of beauty.
Mended With Gold Tracklisting:
On the Rocks
Runners in the Night
To Be Scared
All We’ve Ever Known
Not Love or Death
…On the Run
In addition to launching their new single, the band also engaged with their fans in a Q&A session on their Facebook. Fans asked over 300 comments and the trio did their best to answer all their questions. You can read the whole Q&A down below.
The RAA is in town today playing a show at Massey Hall alongside the Great Lake Swimmers. Nils and Paul dropped by the station to chat this morning – you can hear the interviews on air over the next week.