Arkells – “Knocking At The Door" (Universal Music Canada): The impressive career surge of Hamilton rockers Arkells continues apace. After being nominated for Group and Rock Album of The Year at the Juno Awards earlier this month, the band has been touring in earnest, including a prestige spot at the Coachella festival.
“Knocking At The Door” is a surprise new song not featured on their current album Morning Report, and it is a bonafide knockout, boasting impressive dynamic range, with a horn section and gospel-tinged backing singers adding to the boisterously positive sound and message.
Frontman Max Kerman states "All the old Arkells fans like it because I scream a bit, and new Arkells fans like it because it's also kinda modern and poppy. We like it because it's the most adventurous and exciting thing we've done yet. Who knew we could have such a fun ride with one surprise song."
The accompanying video features plenty of familiar Toronto scenes. An excerpt of the track is featured in a new Budweiser/Toronto Blue Jays themed commercial. Given that the door on the team’s playoff chances already seems to be closing, let’s hope the adrenalized song gives the boys a boost!
Arkells are currently touring in the US, prior to headlining Toronto's Budweiser Stage on June 24. They play Festival d'ete in Quebec City, July 10 and 11, then Osheaga, Aug. 5.