Regina-based indie-rockers Rah Rah say some of the best shows they've ever played have been in Fredericton.
The band, which is set to release their new album Breaking Hearts next week, will take to the small stage at The Capital Bar on Saturday evening, showing off the strong musicianship and catchy songwriting that's won them fans from coast to coast.
Erin Passmore, who switches between drums, bass and keys during live performances and also adds her vocals to the mix, said the group has a lot of fun playing intimate venues like the Fredericton bar because of the crowd's proximity to the stage.
"We've played at The Capital a few times now and it's always super-fun because it gets super-packed in there," she said.
"Everybody seems to love having fun there. We feed off that energy.
"I remember our Fredericton shows being some of the best we've played, with everyone getting a little sweaty and gross, but having the best time."
Passmore said the band's debut album, Going Steady, was recorded before several cross-country tours were completed.
She said those experiences on the road figure prominently on the new release, and played an instrumental role in the evolution of the band.
"I think we've all grown as individuals and as a group. Touring makes you kind of come together," she said.
"If you play every night for two months, it's hard not to come together as musicians. It was really interesting recording the record in the middle of a tour.
"You're more conditioned, physically and musically, for the recording process. I think it was probably the right step for us."
Life on the road is a lot of fun, said Passmore, as she let the breeze from the open van window blow across her face during a phone interview from the road.
She said the band is still early into its tour, but they'll be ready for Freddy Beach.
"We absolutely love touring together. That's why we're always on the go," she said.
"Now that we have the new album ready, we're hoping that people like it as much as we do. We're really happy with it."
The show is scheduled to start at about 10:30 p.m.
By: Adam Bowie - The Daily Gleaner
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