Michael Rault

Garage-Blues from Edmonton Alberta
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Michael Rault

19 year old Michael Rault got his start in music playing in local punk bands, such as The Nightshades (with members of Lets Dance and the Dance Floor Disasters) and the Morellos (with now notable solo performer Eamon McGrath). When those groups disbanded, he ventured out on his own with his first self titled Michael Rault and the Mixed Signals CDR EP in June of 2005, which he co-produced with his locally well-known father, Lionel Rault.

The album became a minor local hit, and the band (now with all new backing line up) began playing sold out hall and club shows all over their home city of Edmonton, to a dedicated, mostly underage following. The band caught a break in being featured at the third and final Ruckus Compilation release, and their locally popular song Numb was included on the accompanying disc.

Rault kept up the groups momentum by releasing their second CDR EP in February of 2006. The disc, which was entitled Edmontons Newest Hit Makers, garnered rave reviews both locally and abroad. Edmonton's Vue Weekly and Calgary's Beatroute Magazine listed the EP as one of the top releases of the year and Paul Martin of the UK-based Shindig Magazine proclaimed, "Rault and his cohorts produce a great basic garage sound, which all garage heads worthy of their salt should check out. They are clearly worthy of a label signing and deserve to have their songs more widely heard."

Running on the steam heat generated by his current release, Michael was a featured artist on Luka Symons Nightcap on CKUA Radio in May of 2006, and that same year he was invited to play at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, as well as the Syncrude Next Generation Arts Festival (also known as Next Fest).

For their next effort, the Mixed Signals teamed up with Juno Award nominated producer Nik Kozub (Shout Out Out Out Out, Veal, The Cleats) and created a three song CDR single entitled Sure Are Fun, which was released in December of 2006. Again, the release received much positive attention from the Alberta music scene, as it rose to number six on the CJSR FM charts and also enjoyed radio exposure from CKUA.

Michael and his band were included in Beatroute Magazines best albums of 2007, and CJSR announced that Sure Are Fun was one of the most played album of that year, and again the Mixed Signals graced the stage at Syncrude's Next Fest.

In 2008, Rault has begun performing as a solo, armed only with his guitar, amp, and a tambourine which he tapes to his foot. This format successfully translates his distinctive brand of roots rock and roll into a more minimalist presentation, with great effect. Since the transition, Rault joined U22.

He was featured at the Alberta Sessions at Calgary's Engineered Air Theatre in the Epcor Centre in 2008. As well, The Mixed Signals were chosen by Edmonton's Sonic 102.9 FM to be their Band of the Month for March 2008, and Rault also performed at the 2008 Edmonton Folk Music Festival for the second time in his promising career.
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