The Rural Alberta Advantage Announce 'Mended with Gold,' Premiere New Track

The Rural Alberta Advantage Announce 'Mended with Gold,' Premiere New Track
The Rural Alberta Advantage had previously promised to release a new album in 2014, and the Toronto-based folk rock band are staying true to their world. Mended with Gold is due out on September 30 through Paper Bag Records.

The album was co-produced by Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, Fucked Up) at Toronto's Candle Recording with help from the band's live engineer Matt Lederman (Hayden, !!!, the Besnard Lakes).

In a statement, songwriter Nils Edenloff described the album's genesis like this:

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 favourite songs on the record.

The press sheet adds, "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."

Peruse the tracklist down below (if you were wondering — yes, Vulcan is a real town in Alberta) and the album cover above. Scroll to the bottom of the page to hear the newly revealed album cut "Terrified."

Also below, check out the band's tour schedule. It includes a North American fall tour with July Talk followed by a European excursion.

Mended with Gold:

1. Our Love...
2. This City
3. On the Rocks
4. Terrified
5. Runners in the Night
6. To Be Scared
7. 45/33
8. All We've Ever Known
9. The Build
10. Vulcan, AB
11. Not Love or Death
12. ...On the Run

Tour dates:

07/18-20 Dawson City, YT - Dawson City Festival 
07/26 Welland,ON - Owenpalooza
08/08 Kingston, ON - Wolfe Island Music Festival
09/18 Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal
10/03 Vankleek Hill, ON - Beau's Oktoberfest event
10/09 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
10/10 Columbus, OH - Skully's *
10/11 Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio *
10/12 St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
10/14 Chicago, IL - Metro
10/15 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
10/16 Omaha, NE - Slowdown *
10/17 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
10/20 Edmonton, AB - Starlite *
10/21 Calgary, AB - McEwan Ballroom *
10/23 Vancouver, BC - Commodore
10/24 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
10/25 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
10/27 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10/29 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre *
10/30 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
11/01 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
11/02 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
11/04 Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
11/05 Austin, TX - Red 7 *
11/06 New Orleans, LA - Beatnik *
11/07 Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree Café *
11/08 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
11/09 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
11/11 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
11/12 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
11/13 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
11/14 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
11/15 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
11/21 Birmingham, UK - The Hare and Hounds
11/22 Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
11/24 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11/25 Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
11/26 London, UK - Islington Assembly
11/27 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Upstairs
11/29 Munster, Germany- Gleiss22
12/01 Cologne, Germany- Knust
12/03 Berlin, GE - Lido
12/04 Munich, Germany- Atomic Café
12/05 Frankfurt, Germany- Zoom

* with July Talk