Toronto band The Rural Alberta Advantage is back with Mended With Gold and the first single to drop from it, “Terrified,” shows promise for what lies in wait this September – the production on this is next to spotless. In the last twenty seconds of “Terrified,” the band finishes out with a roaring fire that could set the Alberta prairies and mines ablaze – maybe the protagonist went through with whatever she was going to do with the knife… The bleak cover for Mended With Gold makes you think of the lives of the miners that were/are the primary economic grounding for the Canadian province or the crazed gold miners with tunnel vision akin to a race horse with blinders – everything else might as well not exist until they see that correct shade of yellow glinting in the light. Check out “Terrified” below via the YouTube video and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Mended With Gold is also available as part of a three-album bundle HERE!


Mended With Gold is now available for PRE-ORDER from our online store! The album is not in stores until September 30, but if you order from us, we’ll get it shipped to you on September 16!

At midnight on July 8, your account will be updated to allow for a download of the single “Terrified”! On September 16, your account will also be updated to allow for a full album download.

Indie Exclusive LP is clear with metallic gold streaks and limited to 1000 copies worldwide. 250 are available through our online store and the remainder will be available exclusively to local independent record stores.

PLEASE NOTE: Anything ordered with Mended With Gold will be held until the September 16 ship date. We cannot split up orders.

Mended With Gold makes it clear that The RAA have reached the next level.

Two key elements led to the band composing the most fully-realized work of their career: the band’s road warrior status and the chance to take full advantage of their time in the studio this time around. The trio spent months shaping the songs, sometimes first on keyboard, then guitar (and visa versa), and taking others on the road to workshop live.

“We spent this past winter both touring and writing. We'd never combined the two before,” Amy reflects, “We'd try out a new song live on stage, listen to the recording of that performance the next day in the van and then repeat the whole process again the next night. I think you can really hear how the three of us came together to shape the songs on this record.”

While the sonics have now evolved, through the help of long-time live sound engineer Matt Lederman co-producer Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, F*cked Up), the plaintive lyrics and creative arrangements that helped define the band have remained. Standout tracks “Terrified", "On The Rocks", "Runners in the Night", and "Vulcan, AB" confront ideas of love, loss, and heartbreak through the pain of going through such experiences and the person that comes out on the other side of it.

Nils recalls, "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 favorite songs on the record."

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. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes, losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably powerful work of beauty.

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