Wednesday, March 2, 2011
[pastemagazine.com] Nils Edenloff is at work. He’s not in the studio or soundchecking before a show; he’s at work. When he is not on the road, singing lead vocals and playing guitar with The Rural Alberta Advantage, he returns to his job at a computer engineering firm, a job he has kept despite the growing success his band has gained since its breakthrough debut Hometowns. Their second outing, Departing, marks the band’s first record since joining Saddle Creek records. Paste caught up with Edenloff during one of his times back in the office to discuss the band’s new record, fan expectations, and some of his favorite places to play.
Paste: You guys are playing SXSW this year. Are there any stops along the way that you are excited about?
Nils Edenloff: Yeah, well, we’ve got two big shows in New York and that’s going to be fun, and hitting a lot of places that we haven’t been in almost a year now, so its going to be fun to get back to some places. I think we’re playing Boston and Philly, but yeah, we’re just excited for it in general, just to be touring again.
Paste: What about SXSW itself: What are your plans for that?
Edenloff: I think we have a couple day parties, and we have a showcase on the Saturday night at the Presbyterian church. It’s not going to be as busy as it was last year, I think last year we tried to play everything we possibly could, and kind of ran ourselves a little ragged, but we’re touring down and touring back, so we have to keep that in mind when doing the whole South By experience.
Paste: This is your third time there?
Edenloff: Yeah, its gonna be our third time in a row. We’ve been pretty lucky.
Paste: Tell me about the new album.
Edenloff: We recorded it last summer, when we had some down time, and we recorded it with Roger Leavens, who recorded Hometowns, and we finished up in early November. We’re pretty pumped about it. Just waiting for people to start logging their opinions.
Paste: This is the first album you have recorded since joining Saddle Creek records. How was the recording process different from the first album due to that?
Edenloff: They took a sort of hands-off approach, which was really nice. In a way, it was pretty much the same as it was with Hometowns. We didn’t have them peering over our shoulders—they weren’t really in the mix, in terms of the songs we were doing and recording and such. However, always in the back of your head when you’re doing a second album, and you already have an audience that’s kind of there and waiting for it, not in the same sense as when we were recording Hometowns, but with Departing, we know that people are waiting for this. There is a little bit of pressure, but we just tried to stay true to ourselves and just make a record that made us happy in the same way that Hometowns did.
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