December 18, 2010

The Rural Alberta Advantage returns to Toronto: Dec 16th, 2010 @ Lee's Palace

We'd waited for ages, the Toronto-based three piece, the Rural Alberta Advantage (the RAA) finally had returned to home soil on December 16th at Lee's Palace after an endless tour in North America and Europe. Despite the intense year of touring, they hadn’t played any shows in Hogtown over a year.

After responding to the restless fans, the band brought a couple of songs from the new album, "Departing", which will be released in March 2011. After such a successful release of their debut album in 2009, " Hometown", the RAA strongly proved their superior talent in song writing. These new songs still carried alluring verses and beats, which I couldn't stop joining in on the hand clapping march with others in the audience.

In spite of a digital age that we live in, all the RAA needed to ignite a spark in the heart of the audience was the simple band set: An acoustic guitar, keyboard and drums. That was it. It took me on a journey to my hometown.. The high-pitched vocal by Nils and Amy's milky smooth voice well harmonized. The folk acoustic guitar jamming added more taste to the vocals. The best part of the performance was  Paul's intense drumming (I will now claim he is one of my favorite drummers aside from Darren King, from Mute Math.) I have never thought that someone would play the drums with maracas as a drumstick and it sounded epically awesome! : The drumming just melts my heart every time I go to their shows. 

 One song after another, I just wanted more and more of the RAA. They played all my favorite songs form the debut album, "Drain the Blood", "Don't haunt this place", "Edmonton", and "The Dethbridge in Lethbridge." Nils made a promise with us that they will be back very shortly. I can't wait to be a witness of the awesome RAA euphoria again when they come back with their second album.

Click here to check out one of the new songs from the new album, Departing, on Chart Atttack

P.S: The picture is not from the show due to  poor quality of my pictures from the show. This one is from V-fest in 2009

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