Tasting momentum, they are becoming one of western Canada’s most promising new exports having just returned from the ranks of Toronto’s smorgasbord festival, CMW and showcasing with one of the world’s leading artist firms, the Agency Group. One year ago, while still operating under his namesake, frontman, Reuben Bullock made some wise chance encounters during his time gigging in Mexico. A mutual friend, who ran a smoothie bar, introduced him to Florence and the Machine’s drummer, Christopher Hayden, and the two quickly began conjuring projects together – first in London and later in Calgary.
In 2012, Reuben and the Dark consistently toured the vast stretch between Vancouver and New York; they made the journey up to Yellowknife and had impactful sets at Calgary Folk Music Festival, becoming a favourite new musical discovery for many. In the latter weeks of the year, the band made a CBC Radio endorsed live album and performed at Welcome to the West’s Third Anniversary before heading into OCL Studios to record their upcoming album, Funeral Sky.
Hayden hopped on a plane, set to produce the record along with engineer, Steve Carr, and joined the band for two weeks at OCL’s state of the art, music mansion on the sweeping prairies east of town. On the final studio day, the session for Winter’s Widow was filmed featuring Shea Alain (guitar), Scott Munro (piano, bass), and Distance Bullock (drums). In April, RATD perform two dates in Saskatchewan for Juno Fest prior to a Western Canada tour supporting Los Angeles group, Family of the Year.
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