Arkells Band

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  1. vidiviciveni

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    Arkells are a Canadian 5-piece rock band that draw influences from Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Hall and Oates. Already huge in Canada, they are currently touring with Frank Turner and opening eyes and ears around the US and Europe.

    Although I think their latest album, Morning Report (2016), is their weakest, this is a fantastic energetic rock band who draws from classic rock and pop with equal strength and puts on an incredible live show. Both Michigan Left (2011) and High Noon (2014) are incredible albums, and you're missing out hugely on some of the catchiest, most heart-pounding and beautiful music if you're not on this train yet.












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  2. AndrewRnR

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    The Arkells just released what I think has to be one of their best songs yet. While they have been shifting towards more of a polished pop vibe in last few releases this is a great mix of old and new. Love the horns and in your face lyrics and vocals.

    Surprised they don't get more love around here on the site or the US for that matter. They are HUGE in Canada. I'm flying to Toronto to see them this summer - they sold out the big 16k seat venue up there.

     
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  3. duritzfan13

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    Just caught these guys in Nashville the other night. What a show. Hope they keep growing here in the states
     
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  5. smowashere

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    Been on these guys since they opened up for Tokyo Police Club YEARS ago. I've loved watching them grow and become one of my favorite bands.
     
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  6. whitenblue88

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    Their Shaky Knees set this weekend was one of my favorites from someone I hadn't heard of before the festival
     
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  7. duritzfan13

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    My first introduction to them was at Firefly last year. Had no idea who they were, but they blew me away. Been a huge fan since!
     
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  8. Sean Murphy

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    if anyone lives on Long Island and attends Alive After Five in Patchogue this Thursday, Arkells is playing at the Blue Point Brewery stage, free show, probably around like 7-8pm.
     
  9. irthesteve

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    Great live set at Coachella this year
     
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  10. vidiviciveni

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    They do put on a hell of a live show, Max Kerman is just a dynamic frontman all around. That said, they are turning into a bit of a "party band", more concerned with a goofy freewheeling image than the pop/classic-rock sensibilities that got them big in the first place. Michigan Left from 2011 in particular is a gorgeous pop-rock album the entire way through.
     
  11. Sean Murphy

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    they were SO GOOD last night. first time seeing them and was not disappointed at all.
     
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  12. vidiviciveni

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    Here's some more excellent tracks from them, beautiful classic rock/pop vibes on all of them:

    "Come To Light"



    "Book Club"



    "Dirty Blonde"



    "On Paper"



    "Bloodlines"

     
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  13. Sean Murphy

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    they closed with an incredible pop/synth cover of springsteen's "dancing in the dark". it was great.
     
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  14. vidiviciveni

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    Lol they generally do. Great cover choice though.

    When they played my town they covered "Music at Work" by The Tragically Hip, brilliant.
     
  15. vidiviciveni

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    I've increasingly got a soft spot for this track too, its all over the radio in Canada.



    These two from their latest album are pretty great also



     
  16. smoke4thecaper

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    Wish they would blow up here so they'd tour the states!
     
  17. vidiviciveni

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  18. smowashere

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    I feel like they've been touring pretty regularly in the States the past few years.
     
  19. duritzfan13

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    Yeah.. they literally came to Nashville multiple times this year alone. They did numerous US runs this year
     
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  20. vidiviciveni

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    Are they pretty well received in the US? They seem like the kind of band that should sort of blow up but they only have in Canada so far
     
  21. smoke4thecaper

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    Thank you for this! Guess I now understand why I never came across this news. Nowhere near me :(

    They played Sasquatch Fest in May, I think, but too much of a trek for me personally (and expensive!). Really hope they get to the PNW one of these days - very happy they're so popular up north tho!
     
  22. smowashere

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    I feel like they've slowly but surely been gaining more traction recently. The first "hit" they had was "11:11" in the U.S. But I've also been following them for a while, so maybe that's why I feel like they're currently on the up and up.
     
  23. vidiviciveni

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    I don't know how Leather Jacket wasn't the biggest hit on the continent
     
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  24. AndrewRnR

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    ^ Agreed about Leather Jacket. That chorus is so huge, don't know how that wasn't all over the radio in US.

    What's everyone's thoughts on Knocking At The Door? I personally love it and think it is among their best songs. Feels like it does a good job of taking the best elements from each of their albums. Kinda reminds me of Whistleblower meets Boss.

    And yeah they are slowly gaining traction here - I feel like they must be making a push to US radio because the station here in Tampa who has never played their stuff has been playing Knocking a few times a day. And talking to some friends elsewhere around the country that seems to be the case. I mean its been number in Canada for something like 14 weeks I have to think only a matter of time before it blows up down here.

    Pretty awesome video of Knocking live from their big Toronto show.
     
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  26. vidiviciveni

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    I'm glad it's helping them get popular but it's far from my favorite song by them. They've always had a bombastic element to their rock and roll, but this one is just too in-your-face for me - horns blaring, huge drums - they've lost a lot of their subtlety musically, if that makes sense. Some of my favorite songs by Arkells are slick little numbers that grow on you ("Where U Goin", "Agent Zero", "11:11"), and "Knocking at the Door" just doesn't work for me.
     
  27. smowashere

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    I love "Knocking at the Door," but not my favorite by any means. In fact, the song that sealed the deal for me and holds steady as my favorite to this day is "I'm Not the Sun."