In The Flesh...The Rural Alberta Advantage @ The Pyramid

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The Rural Alberta Advantage
The Pyramid
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Winnipeg, MB


Photos by Sarah Gofflot

On Thursday night at the Pyramid -- for 75 minutes or so -- Nils, Amy, and Paul (aka The Rural Alberta Advantage) turned in another of their consistently inspired performances. All three have undeniable stage presence, limitless energy, and strong intra-band chemistry – and it’s easy to see why this white-hot threesome has never brought a fourth musician into the fold. No need to mess with this magic.  

The new material was wisely peppered throughout in the set list (as opposed to coming in clusters) which really kept the energy high and the momentum continuously going forward. Naturally, the cuts off Hometowns sparked way bigger responses than their newer Departing counterparts (“The Ballad of the RAA” practically brought down the cabaret); but, it’s the less-familiar tracks that really struck a, ahem, chord: reproduced live the spiky “Muscle Relaxant” and the slow-burning “Tornado ‘87” took on dynamic and exciting forms, easily outstripping the recorded versions. 


Lori B.,  4 April 2011 at 08:49  

I've seen them a couple times and I think Thursdays performance was their best yet! Also appreciated getting out of the Pyramid around 12:00am on a weeknight.

willlllll,  4 April 2011 at 18:00  

Really great pictures again Sarah.

Ditto on the leaving the Pyramid by 12:20, a pleasant surprise.

Anonymous,  4 April 2011 at 22:11  

the new tunes sounded great in person, and like mykael said better than on the album. and i really like the album.

Rupali Grover 6 April 2011 at 03:14  

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Anonymous,  6 April 2011 at 15:40  

A few of the other shows in Winnipeg seemed a little shaky at times. I am glad things are tighter. I love the new album.

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