Arkells in early 2014
|Origin||Hamilton, Ontario, Canada|
|Labels||Universal Music Canada, Dine Alone|
|Past members||Dan Griffin|
Arkells are an indie band originally from Hamilton, Ontario. Their band is named after the street on which they lived and would practice their music. In late 2008, Arkells toured Canada as opening act for Matt Mays & El Torpedo. Later that year, on November 22, they performed the halftime show at the Vanier Cup in their hometown. In early 2009 they toured with Waking Eyes across Canada. Arkells were featured on Aux.tv's Alt Sessions where they performed their full EP.
On October 22, 2009, Arkells won a favourite new artist CASBY Award (short for Canadian Artists Selected by You) from Toronto radio station 102.1 The Edge at a ceremony and concert at Toronto's Kool Haus. The band also performed at the event.
The band has continued raising their profile and experiencing success in 2010. On April 18, 2010, Arkells won the Juno Award for New Group of the Year, and on May 15, 2010, were hand-picked to open for Them Crooked Vultures at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
They also made headlines while playing a set at Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto after the 2010 Much Music Video Awards, when rapper Shad and pop singer Kesha joined them onstage to freestyle and sing along during a cover of Ms. Jackson by Outkast. "Whistleblower" has also been used as the Intro Music to the 2011-2012 Calgary Hitmen hockey team and featured in EA Sports NHL 13 video game.
In 2011 the band wrote and recorded their second album Michigan Left, which was released on October 18 of that year. The first single, "Whistleblower", was released to iTunes on July 5, 2011. The band also released a second song, "Kiss Cam", on July 12. "Whistleblower" will be released as a 7" single, and "Kiss Cam" will serve as the single's B-side.
In 2012 Arkells won the 2012 Juno Award for Group of the Year. The band has become known for performing spontaneous Motown cover sets, most recently at an Osheaga after party in Montreal, and while stranded in St. John's Newfoundland. In September 2012, the band played Jian Ghomeshi's "1982" book launch in Toronto. The band has also started a tradition of sending fans signed postcards and free downloads at Christmas.
On April 7, 2014, Arkells released the first track, "Never Thought That This Would Happen" from their upcoming third album, which was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck,The Kooks, M83). One month later, on May 13, the band released the album's first single "Come to Light", and confirmed the title of the record will be "High Noon", slated to be released August 5, 2014.
Arkells have become known for their extensive touring schedule. This has included American touring with Lights, Tokyo Police Club, The Postelles, The Maine, and Lydia; European touring with Billy Talent, British Sea Power, and Anti-Flag as well as Canadian touring with Metric, the Tragically Hip, Hollerado, Sam Roberts and numerous other Canadian bands.
- Max Kerman – vocals, guitar (2006–present)
- Mike DeAngelis – vocals, guitar (2006–present)
- Nick Dika – bass (2006–present)
- Tim Oxford – drums, percussion (2006–present)
- Anthony Carone – vocals, keyboard, guitar (2011–present)
|2007||Deadlines - EP||Self-release|
|2008||Deadlines - EP (Digital Re-issue)||Dine Alone Records|
|October 28, 2008||Jackson Square||Dine Alone Records|
|October 18, 2011||Michigan Left||Universal Music Canada|
|August 5, 2014||High Noon||Universal Music Canada (CA) / Dine Alone Records (World)|
|2008||"Oh, the Boss is Coming!"||4||10||Jackson Square|
|2009||"Ballad of Hugo Chavez"||12||16|
|"Ticats are Hummin’"||non-album single|
|2014||"Come to Light"||9||15||High Noon|
|"Never Thought That This Would Happen"|
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- A Band Update: Where's Dan?
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- Arkells Chart Positions and Trajectories
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