Arkells sing “I ain’t going to fear the New Year, no,no…” and this year, they are putting that mandate into motion. Formed in 2006 in Hamilton, ON, the band recorded and released their debut EP “Deadlines” in 2007. The six songs bring the listener rock as it should be; catchy,
raw and unbridled. Arkells have succeeded in blending traditional blues hooks mixed with rock heavy riffs, and a hint of soul on the side. From the strum of the first chord, the music ignites into a fury of addictive and muscular cadence, taking hold of the listener in all the right ways. The five piece band is made up of Tim Oxford on drums, Dan Griffin on keys, Mike DeAngelis on guitar, Nick Dika on bass and Max Kerman on guitar and vocals (though all members layer their voices on most songs). In their music are threads of The Police, Springsteen and The Band, woven with a few newer rock influences such as Joel Plaskett and The National, tied together with subtle strands of classics rhythms from the Motown era. These influences create a musical textile that is rich with melodic vocals and energetic rhythms fit to get any crowd singing along and throwing their hands in the air. Since the release of “Deadlines” the band has traveled around Ontario to share the stage with Tokyo Police Club, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Cuff the Duke, and Alexisonfire, only recently with increased touring have they traded in their Greyhound and Go bus passes for a stylish mini van. But they ain’t going to fear the New Year. No, they are taking it head on. Signed to Dine Alone Records at the beginning of 2008 (home to City and Colour, Attack in Black, Bedouin Soundclash), the band has booked shows with Ladyhawk and Danko Jones. They are set to re-release Deadlines in 2008 through Dine Alone. Until then, their music is best showcased live, so be sure to get to a show, keep your ear to the ground and add the album to your birthday list.
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