The small town Canadian band, the Arkells celebrate eleven consecutive weeks as number one on the Canadian alt-rock charts with their single “Knocking At The Door.” There’s a reason the band made our list of “Ten awesome bands you forgot are Canadian.”
The Arkells, named after Arkell Street where the band members lived while attending McMaster University, have earned a reputation for their energetic live performances. They’ve been floating around the Canadian music scene since 2006, and have earned multiple Juno Awards, most recently in 2015 for “High Noon.”
After a spectacular performance at the 2017 Juno Awards, The Arkells dropped their new single, “Knocking At The Door.” It was an impressively quick turnaround, which did not escape the band’s front man, Max Kerman. “According to my voice memo’s, the song was conceived Feb 23. We recorded it March 10-13 in Toronto, and released it April 7. The process of turning around the tune so quickly was a revelation. We didn’t have time to sit around and over-think each part. It was an instinctive, exciting process.”
Kerman believes that this catchy, upbeat, exciting track will please old and new fans alike. Old fans will enjoy the screaming lyrics, new fans will enjoy the modern poppy feel, while the band enjoys it because “it’s the most adventurous and exciting thing we’ve done yet.”
Indie88 refers to the track as “a heck of a banger,” while Much Music praises it for “bridging the gap between genres to produce a track with a little something for everyone.” This single sees the band exploring other musical influences, like soul and jazz, with a rock-heavy chorus. The song will be included on the deluxe edition of 2016’s “Morning Report,” also nominated for multiple Juno awards.
Meanwhile, the music video, filmed entirely in Toronto, takes you on an epic adventure in one of Canada’s greatest cities. Torontonians will recognize all of the landmarks, including the CN Tower, Toronto’s Union Station, the financial district, the line one subway and, of course, the city skyline.
The band is scheduled to perform at a number of Canadian and American festivals this summer, including Montreal’s Osheaga, Mo Pop in Detroit, Xponential Festival in Philadelphia, and Middle of the Map Festival in Kansas City. The band will then embark on a tour across North America, so there will be plenty of opportunity to get your fix of “Knocking At The Door” live.
They recently performed at Budweiser Stage in Toronto with July Talk, leaving us waiting “for more, for more, for more” from this fantastic one-of-a-kind band.