Arkells release their highly anticipated, fifth studio album, RALLY CRY via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. With the size and scope to match Arkells’ ambition and ever-growing audience, RALLY CRY is the band’s boldest project yet. Following a string of surprise events, including a last minute Arkells song-filled karaoke pop-up in Toronto and a song premiere via a mysterious billboard & hotline campaign in Buffalo, NY, Arkells drop RALLY CRY and announce their 2019 RALLY CRY TOUR.
RALLY CRY TRACKLIST
Hand Me Downs
Only For A Moment
Show Me Don’t Tell Me
Eyes On The Prize
Don’t Be A Stranger
eaturing direct support from very special guests Lord Huron, the tour sees Arkells graduating into arenas across the country. Emboldened by their show-stopping 24,000 fans strong stadium show, The Rally, held this past June at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field, Arkells promise that the Rally CryTour will be their most ambitious tour yet, with “all the tricks we’ve picked up over the years and new tricks you haven’t seen yet,” says frontman Max Kerman. “We wrote these new songs to play them live for you.”
“What makes Rally Cry a success,” according to Exclaim! “is how Arkells seem to really be going for the big score with creative risks.” Take their lead single, Relentless, for example, which features the band experimenting with a sample for the first time, building around an afro-pop beat, propelled further forward by Arkells signature gritty guitar, resulting in a track with undeniable confidence and swagger. The song is currently, top 3 at Alt radio, featured in Budweiser’s commercial hockey campaign and just licenced as a key theme for the New York Rangers 2018/2019 season.
“Our attitude was, let’s make this record as wild and weird and adventurous as we want it to be,” says Kerman. “We felt that doing things that aren’t traditional rock ‘n’ roll with heavy guitars is ok as long as it still feels like us. But at the same time, let’s remember that at our core, the spirit of what we do is very much based on 5 guys playing together, who’ve built up an amazing chemistry as a band.”
Narratively, Rally Cry was informed by what the band saw as their professional duty to confront the issues they see in the world around them. Rally Cry highlights such as “People’s Champ” and “American Screams” are politically charged singles that reflect on the current state of leadership, compassion, and generosity within contemporary political dialogue.
“Writing a political song is less about trying to hit someone over the head with your message, but trying to articulate something that’s thoughtful, something that comes from a unique vantage point,” explains Kerman. “This record came pouring out of us. Every day is a learning experience, and these songs are a collection of what we’ve learned over the past few years.”
In celebration of the release, Arkells will host a pop-up event at Toronto’s Union Station today at 3:00 PM. Copies of Rally Cry will be available for purchase on CD and vinyl with the opportunity for fans to get them signed by the band. Inspired by the album opening track “Hand Me Downs,” fans are also encouraged to bring an old t-shirt as the band will be personally pressing “Rally Cry,” “Relentless” and “Hand Me Downs” themed designs on to them for free. In addition, Arkells will also be hosting a winter clothing drive on-site, in partnership with New Circles and GLOW, and have put a call out for gently used winter clothing as temperatures start to dip. The event will be held at street level in the West Wing of Union Station, 65 Front St. W.
ARKELLS 2019 RALLY CRY TOUR DATES
WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS LORD HURON
Tickets on sale Friday, October 26 at 10am at www.livenation.com
Sat, Feb 2 – Pacific Coliseum – Vancouver, BC
Sun, Feb 3 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria, BC
Tues, Feb 5 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC
Thurs, Feb 7 – Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB
Fri, Feb 8 – SaskTel Centre – Saskatoon, SK
Sat, Feb 9 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB
Mon, Feb 11 – Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
Thurs, Feb 14 – Kitchener Memorial Auditorium – Kitchener, ON
Fri, Feb 15 – Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Sat, Feb 16 – Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, ON
Tues, Feb 19 – MTelus – Montreal, QC