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Rube & Rake
Rube & RakeFollowing Rube & Rake's award-winning 2017 debut Back and Forth, the St. John's- based duo of Joshua Sandu and Andrew Laite wanted to keep the core of that album?s artistic successes , musical and collaborative harmony, folk storytelling, while recognizing audience expectations have intensified.
For their sophomore album Leaving With Nothing, Sandu and Laite enlisted producer Adam Hogan, best known for his anthemic guitar work as a member of Newfoundland's most beloved indie-rock outfit, Hey Rosetta!. Recording in bits in houses around St. John's, Rube & Rake (& Adam) worked to expand the band?s sound to include more instrumentation, pleasingly surprising time changes, and an overall expansion of intention.
"We knew that this grouping of songs deserved a different treatment and wanted to introduce somebody with different instincts and tendencies," says Laite. "We were confident that Adam would shed the right light on these songs while also maintaining our methodology." "He's a very engaged person" ,adds Sandu, "who had a lot of thoughts on every aspect of the recording process."
Sandu and Laite have always maximized the duo configuration, even singing together at a single condenser microphone, allowing for space and patience within the songs but this is the first time they've consciously pushed outside it, to fill in that air with new tones and textures in the form of a full band. The resulting record evokes Blue Rodeo at its most rollicking, Great Lake Swimmers at their most thoughtful, and The Tallest Man On Earth at their most gently contemplative.
The best distillation of all these themes, music and expectation and place, comes at the album's midpoint, in the five-minute 10-33 (CB radio code for 'mayday') where Rube & Rake reveal themselves to be ready for anything. "This ain't a common road, but you already know," sings Sandu, "I will be leaving with nothing, a-dead-head I will go."

Nigel Jenkins
Laughing Heart Music

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