The Rural Alberta Advantage Mar 4, 2011 11:12:17 GMT -8
Post by on Mar 4, 2011 11:12:17 GMT -8
Now that you mention it, I really enjoy Alberta Cross too, but absolutely not in the same way. Their name pretty much just drew me to listen to them initially.
Definitely the case with The RAA though. Listening to songs like Four Night Rider, Edmonton, Frank, AB, etc I get a feeling like I connect on a completely different level than someone who doesn't live here.
Driving through Frank, AB and seeing the impact of that rockslide, or knowing exactly what he's talking about when he's singing about riding his bike for 4 days (from Fort McMurray to Edmonton "through the fort that smells") just elicits this feeling like he's singing about my childhood if it happened in a different town.
The intro to this video explains Purple City, which is something that oh so many of us Edmontonians do/have done. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyXyJuog1oQ and the fact that he's singing about it honestly makes me a little bit giddy every time I listen.
It's like they're the local band that made it, except they were never a local band from here.
**edit** Tornado '87 sends chills down my spine, having very nearly been in a tornado myself, and knowing what a defining moment that was for this city. Fun Fact: our slogan "City of Champions" had nothing to do with the Oilers or Eskimos winning championships. Rather, it had to do with the community response after the tornado.