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Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative rock, Soul
Years active 2006–present
Labels Dine Alone Records
Members Max Kerman
Mike DeAngelis
Dan Griffin
Nick Dika
Tim Oxford

Arkells are a Canadian rock band, formed in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2008, they signed with Dine Alone Records, home to other big Canadian acts such as City and Colour, Bedouin Soundclash, Black Lungs and Cancer Bats.


Sharing a love of the kind of raw, soulful "Springsteenesque" rock that inspires a teen to pick up a guitar and start a band, the Arkells formed in Hamilton, ON, in 2006. The ambitious and prolific five-piece quickly found its groove, and recorded debut EP Deadlines in 2007. From the strum of the first track, the six-song EP showcased the Arkells masterful blending of traditional blues hooks mixed with modern rock-laden riffs, and a touch of classic Motown era rhythms. Their catchy melodies and unbridled energy live garnered critical acclaim with NOW Magazine describing the Arkells as having "an awesome muscular quality that sets it apart from the output of so many of their sad-sack indie rock peers..."

Since the release of Deadlines the band has traveled across Canada sharing stages with Bedouin Soundclash, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Sam Roberts Band, Constantines, Alexisonfire, and City and Colour. More recent performances include a stint opening for legendary rockers Black Crowes, MTV Live and V-Fest. With live shows fueling the buzz created by the EP, the band quickly caught the ear of Dine Alone Records (home to City and Colour, Bedouin Soundclash, Attack in Black and Black Lungs) who re-released Deadlines digitally in March 2008.

The Arkells are gearing up for the release of their first full-length album titled Jackson Square to be released October 28, 2008 on Dine Alone. Featuring undeniably catchy tracks like Oh, The Boss Is Coming, No Champagne Socialist, and Ballad of Hugo Chavez, Jackson Square captures the essence of the band’s hard-hitting live show and their boundless passion for making meaty, rootsy rock that any listener can relate to.[1]

Band members


Date of
Title Label
2007 Deadlines - EP Self-release
2008 Deadlines - EP (Digital Re-issue) Dine Alone Records
October 28, 2008 Jackson Square Dine Alone Records


  1. ^ Dine Alone Records. "Arkells", Dine Alone Records, 2008. Text used with permission of Dine Alone Records and Dine Alone Curbside/Street Team

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