Concert preview: Life and death stakes inform Rural Alberta Advantage's Mended with Gold

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

While much of the lovelorn Canadian crew’s catalog is rooted in emotional fallout, its most recent album, the sweeping, perfect-for-fall Mended with Gold, occasionally evokes more life or death stakes.

“The wolves they cry in the night/ Sleeping in the cold I was clutching on a knife,” sings frontman Nils Edenloff on the chilly, acoustic “To Be Scared,” a song inspired by his experiences living and working in a remote cottage in Bruce Peninsula.

“It turned out to be a pretty terrifying place to be alone with your thoughts,” Edenloff said in a press release accompanying news of the record. “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.”

It’s an environmental shift that gives the band’s music a welcome jolt.

July Talk and DJ Charles Erickson of the Clampdown open the show.

Photo courtesy of Rural Alberta Advantage

Skully's Music-Diner

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10

1151 N. High St., Short North