Arkells – Photo by Nathan Nash
Today, Arkells unveil a new song and video “A Little More” and add the track to Campfire Chords, a stripped-back collection of their most beloved songs plus summer single “Quitting You,” released on Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.
Written with a nod to the band’s piano player Anthony Carone, “A Little More” is an uplifting song about love and sacrifice that stems from when Carone’s musical father sold a bunch of his own gear in order to buy an upright piano for his young son to learn to play. Watch the official video that was once again self-shot by band frontman Max Kerman in one take on an iPhone HERE.
Also today, Arkells launch the Campfire Chords guitar chord book as a companion piece to the Campfire Chords music. Expanding beyond the Campfire Chords tracklisting, the 33-song book captures songs across Arkells’ entire catalogue.
“The Campfire Chords project was a new journey for us this year, and this book is the companion piece to the album,” says Kerman. “Sonically, this stripped back project felt like a reflection of the year we’ve been living in. In the winter of 2020 we taught online music classes; coming together with fans all over the world. Come spring we took that intel into each of our home studios and recorded the Campfire Chords album while apart.
In the summer we got to share the album with you and the band got to be together again to play these renditions for the first time. As we head back indoors for the winter, we come full circle on the project with this book so you have all the tools to play at home.
No matter your skill level, don’t be intimidated. As far as the chords are concerned, we’ve been preaching that if you learn four or five chords, you can play roughly 90% of popular music.”
The Campfire Chords songbook and new Campfire Chords merchandise is available HERE.
If this song was a movie, there’d be a disclaimer at the beginning that reads “The following is based on a true story.” Arkells latest A Little More comes as a welcomed *new* edition to their fan-favourite, Campfire Chords LP. The tune was written with a nod to their piano man Tony – an undisputed wizard on the keys.
He’s been playing since he was a small child and they have adorable photos of a 6-year-old Tony to prove it. In Tony’s infancy, his musician-father sold a bunch of his own gear in order to buy an upright piano for his young son to learn to play. A fam-favourite, this story of love, dedication and sacrifice was befitting of a song itself.
Watch the official “A Little More” video HERE
Download/stream Campfire Chords HERE
Order the Campfire Chords guitar chord book HERE