Interview: Arkells

The Arkells recently released their fifth studio album Rally Cry and celebrated in a very cool way alongside their fans. Some of the celebrations included a karaoke party, a pop-up shop, a hotline to listen to the single “American Screams” and the band even got their own Rally Cry mural downtown Toronto on Queen Street! We got to interview Max Kerman of the Arkells to tell us about the new album and all the cool moments they’ve been having since the release. Check it out below:

What have been some of the best compliments people have given you about the album these past few weeks since the release? Is there a specific song people have approach you about most other than the single?

I think when a band has a few records out, you recognize that while there is excitement for the new one, it might take a while to live up to the lore of the previous records, in people’s minds. Building up a relationship with a record has to do with not only the music, but what a person might be going through in their life when their listening. So to hear from people that Rally Cry is their favourite record of theirs, is a really exciting thing. I’ve heard from more than a few that Don’t Be A Stranger is a tear jerker. That’s a pretty cool compliment.

What was your favourite moment from the events you guys did for the album release?

Karaoke Night in Toronto was pretty awesome. It was so casual and informal, but really joyful and fun. To sing Karaoke to your own songs is a really surreal experience. I recommend it.

This has been a more political album talking about the current state of leadership and compassion. In the song “People’s Champ” what comes to mind with the lyrics: “Now here’s the official statement. We’re street fighting on the pavement. I’m going dancing like I’m raving. There’s no service in the basement. Now I don’t mean to sound impatient. But I’ve seen the flag you’re waving. And I can see through all this fake shit. This highest office’s sitting vacant.”

In my mind, that whole song takes place at political rally, or a march. And that bridge is like someone getting up on the megaphone listing their objectives and their demands. Street dancing on the pavement is about marching. Dancing like I’m raving is about being free. “There’s no service in the basement” is just a cool lyric I’ve wanted to use for a long time. Highest Office sitting vacant is about Trump.

You are about to head out on a Canadian arena tour this winter what are you most excited about for this tour that will be different now that Rally Cry is out?

We want to put on a world class rocknroll show. I feel like we’ve been building toward this for years, and we have enough tricks up our sleeves to make some magic.

 Lastly, what are you a “BestFan” of at the moment? This can be anything you are really into right now.

Um, today…I really like Big Mouth. It’s a comedy on Netflix from Nick Kroll. I just listened to his podcast with Dax Sheppard, and it makes you like Kroll and the show even more.

Thanks for your time Max! We are really looking forward to the tour.

Stream the new album below:

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