Arkells - "Only For A Moment" (UMC). This is the third song to be made available from Rally Cry, the keenly-awaited new album from the Hamilton rock heroes, following on from "Relentless" and "People's Champ."
In a label press release, Arkells mainman Max Kerman explains the new single's origins: "There’s a line in our tune 'Come To Light,' 'The underpass would keep us from harm.' It’s that moment when you’re driving through a rainstorm, and you have a second of respite from the chaos outside. I find myself writing and thinking about those moments of calm, and how important they can be.
"'Only For A Moment' is an extension of that idea. My friend’s mom was struggling with some oppressive mental health issues. It was tough for everyone in her family. But there was a moment we were out one night, where my friend seemed to leave the trouble behind - just for an hour - and could just enjoy her life. The stress in her face seemed to disappear. And I was happy she could have that."
The message is conveyed effectively on this mid-tempo tune, with lines like "at karaoke we were trading each verse" painting a picture of light being wrestled from the darkness. This line inspired Arkells to surprise fans with an appearance at a Toronto karaoke bar on Wednesday night, featuring a raucous acoustic performance of new favourites.
That's just another example of the way this band has built a loyal fan base expected to grow exponentially with the new record.
Arkells play US dates Oct. 12 to Nov. 12, followed by shows in Germany and the UK.