Toronto band Rural Alberta Advantage have had a hell of a couple years: great reviews for their debut album Hometowns, tons of touring, playing to larger and larger audiences. The band is now working on new material, making some debuts in their live sets but not yet set to disc. That’s about to change, as RAA is now putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album, due out on Paper Bag Records early next year.
The story of Rural Alberta Advantage is one of genuine talent and hard work. The band paid their dues on stages around their home city, building a following through their live shows. Positive press from the likes of Pitchfork and Spin helped catapult them to a wider audience, but the band has kept that momentum going itself with non-stop touring and a quality album.
After finishing their first European tour, RAA return to Toronto to play to a hometown crowd at Lee’s Palace, and kick off 2011 with a show at Mercury Lounge in NYC. Look for them to have another big year coming up, and for more details on their upcoming release and subsequent tour.
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