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The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (Photos and Review)

10-Aug-2009 11:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
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Hooded Fang, The Wilderness Of Manitoba
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on July 30, 2009
Full Photo Set (15 photos)

Celebrating the release of their debut full-length album, The Rural Alberta Advantage managed fill the Horseshoe Tavern to capacity. They are one of those bands I've heard a lot about, mostly from other bloggers and music podcasts, but hadn't yet managed to experience their show. In my experience, CD release parties are generally the best time see a band for the first time.

The Rural Alberta Advantage

I'll bet what Nils Edenloff (vocals, keyboard, guitar) had in mind for this CD release party and the reality of the situation were two different things. I'm sure the room was packed with friends and fans, but he may not have anticipated the two uber-fans that were present. While Nils attempted to tell us a little about the music between songs, one fan was vocal about wanting to hear music. And between two other songs, Nils reached out to shake the hand of another fan, the handshake he received practically pulled him over his keyboard.

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Nils acknowledged that the crowd was a little crazier than he expected using positivity, yet it seemed that the events threw him off a little. In the end, though, I'm sure the band produced the kind of show they set out to create. Amy Cole added depth to the music through vocals, keyboards, drums, shakers, and more, as well as to the visual aspect of the show. And it turned out that being positioned in front of Paul Banwatt (drums) for the night created strong appreciation for his skills, especially on songs such as The Deadroads, which came across much stronger than it appears on the album.


Info: The Rural Alberta Advantage | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter
Media: Frank, AB (mp3)

Hooded Fang

I hadn't seen Hooded Fang perform before, but even though they played through the music, there just seemed to be something lacking in the delivery. I'm glad that I wasn't the only one in the audience that seemed to think they might just be having an off-night. To clarify, though, that doesn't mean there wasn't a few good songs contained within their set, because there was. And being as adorable as they are, I will likely take in another set of theirs sometime.

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Info & Connect: Hooded Fang on MySpace

The Wilderness Of Manitoba

Gentle and likely inspired by Neil Young, The Wilderness Of Manitoba opened the night by soothing the audience with their earthy sound.

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Info & Connect: The Wilderness Of Manitoba on MySpace, Facebook

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