Bringing you some love from the Prairies, The Royal Foundry just released their latest record WAKEUP WAKEUP on September 27th and you need to hear it (purchase here). Anchored by the husband-wife team of Jared Salte and Bethany Schumacher, the quartet has continuously recalibrated their sound in their six years together, from release to release. Beginning as more of a folk duo, they spent some time garnering moderate success with folk-flavoured tours, and the release of an independent album. By 2015, The Royal Foundry were back with a more well-rounded sound, influenced by ‘90s Brit-pop and ‘70s progressive rock. Their debut album Lost In Your Head was released in the summer of 2017 and won them the Canadian Songwriting Competition Grand Prize and John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize.

Fast-forward to the present day and The Royal Foundry are here to make musicheads WAKEUP WAKEUP. The songs that comprise the new album are ones the band members had been working on for over a year prior to the album’s release. The recording includes the title track, for which the group released a music video last month. Judging by their current sound, if you were to guess that The Royal Foundry is massively into vinyl, then you would be damn well correct. If you are from the Edmonton area, or happen to be visiting at some point soon, brush up on your local vinyl shops with another edition in our Vinyl Variety series.

It’s time to “WAKEUP WAKEUP” and learn more about your Western Canadian vinyl:

01. Blackbyrd Myoozik
Address: 10442-82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, T6E 2A2
Phone: +1 (780) 439-1273

Blackbyrd took me on my first journey into vinyl. Growing up in the suburbs with the main music retailers being Wal-Mart, CD-Plus and Zellers there wasn’t a lot of music available that was off the beaten path of what was being played on radio. Behold Blackbyrd, my first time seeing swordfishtrombones by Tom Waits and Blinking Lights and other Revelations by The Eels and I was hooked. They have one of the best selections of new vinyl in the city, stocked full of hidden gems and must-hear classics that really helped shape my own musical tastes growing up.

02. Freecloud Records
Address: 10764 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB, T5H 2S3
Phone: +1 (780) 429-1476

Freecloud has a great collection of new and used records. We often go crate-digging to find some undiscovered classic that we need to add to our collection. They’ve been around since 1985 and have a very extensive collection of vinyls and CDs. They also stock a large selection of cassettes, 8-tracks and reel-to-reel tapes.

Check out our exclusive shots of The Royal Foundry having fun exploring Edmonton’s record shops:

Vinyl Variety: Alt-Rockers THE ROYAL FOUNDRY Explore Edmonton’s Best Vinyl Stores

03. Listen Records
Address: 10443a 124 St, Edmonton, AB, T5N 1R7
Phone: +1 (780) 732-1132

– One of the newer stores in Edmonton, Listen Records has quickly become a favourite of ours. They have a great selection of funk, soul, groove, indie rock/pop and so much more. We found one of our favourite albums of all time here by Yola, Walk Through Fire (if you haven’t already, check it out!). They have a great selection of new and used records that’s definitely worth checking out.

04. Revolver
Address: #154 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre, 82ave & 83st, Edmonton, AB, T6C 4E3
Phone: +1 (780) 756-5100

– I remember coming to Revolver with my dad to go hunting for used vinyl and stumbling upon one of his CDs in the local section of the store. It was such a cool experience as a kid to see my dad’s music in a real record store! Revolver carries a lot of great local music and has always been a big supporter of local Edmonton bands. They have two locations in Edmonton.

Featuring thirteen new tracks, WAKEUP WAKEUP was released on September 27th:

05. Moonshot Phonographs
Address: 9946 67 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, T6E 0P5
Phone: +1 (587) 501-6461

Moonshot Phonographs is one of just a few vinyl pressing plants left in Canada. They have a brand new state of the art WarmToneTM press that presses vinyl without steam. This helps create a flawless vinyl that’s really state of the art in North America. We were so excited that we got to press our new album locally in Edmonton! Todd McLean was such a great help throughout the whole process and really opened the doors for us to learn about the process. It was really exciting to see our project come to life in person. They don’t sell records here (well…directly), but if you are a band or artist you should definitely check them out.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

10/16 – Lethbridge, AB – The Slice
10/17 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar & Stage
10/18 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
10/19 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway
10/20 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
10/23 – Winnipeg, MB – The Handsome Daughter
10/24 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry
10/25 – Sudbury, ON – The Asylum
10/26 – Stittsville, ON – The Rainmaker (Sold Out)
10/27 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola
10/30 – Guelph, ON – EBar
10/31 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware
11/01 – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern
11/02 – Ottawa, ON – LIVE! on Elgin

“Hopefully” you are learning a lot by now about the best vinyl stores in Edmonton. Watch this other recent music video, released in the spring: