By Josiah HughesAfter signing Tokyo Police Club and Sebastien Grainger last year, Omaha, NB label Saddle Creek is continuing its assimilation of Canadian culture with the inking of the Rural Alberta Advantage. The band will be releasing their Saddle Creek debut, Hometowns, on July 7.
The currently Toronto-based indie pop trio are certainly still obsessed with where they grew up. The tracklisting of their new album is perfect proof, featuring titles like "Edmonton," "Frank, AB" and "The Dethbridge in Lethbridge." As their MySpace page states, "they sing about summers in the Rockies and winters on the farm, ice breakups in the spring time and the oil boom's charm, the mine workers on compressed, the equally depressed, the city's slow growth and the country's wild rose, but mostly the songs just try to embrace the advantage of growing up in Alberta."
The band will be making some stops in their favourite province, along with the rest of Canada, on their summer tour this June.
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"
Rural Alberta Advantage tour dates:
5/22 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place 6/21 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon 6/23 Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms 6/25 Calgary, AB - Sled Island Fest 6/26 Calgary, AB - Sled Island Fest 7/9 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill 7/25 Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival 7/26 Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival 8/8 Wolfe Island, ON - Wolfe Island Musicfest 8/24 Chicago, IL - Downtown Sound / Pritzker Pavillion / Millenium Park