Artwork by Arkells Guitarist Michael DeAngelis
Arkells share brand new single “Reckoning” out today on Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Following the release of their most recent studio album, Blink Once, “Reckoning” emerges to kick off 2022, while teasing a new album, Blink Twice, due later this year.
OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “RECKONING” OUT NOW
As Arkells stayed busy making music during the last two years, they always knew they would come out of the pandemic with two distinct records. “The title of Blink Once was born from the song “Reckoning,” and lyrics “blink twice, there’s gonna be a reckoning” explains frontman Max Kerman. “If you listen to the outro track of Blink Once – “Last Night I Heard Em’ Sing” – we hint that there’s more coming. Kind of like a post-credits scene in a movie. “Reckoning” is the beginning of what’s next.”
At first listen, “Reckoning” is decidedly an “eat the rich” song. “The song is about privileged people who bury their heads in the sand. It’s also about the admiration for those who lead by example, and want justice for people beyond their own kin. We wanted the song to be big and cinematic – something that felt like walking through the streets at night time. We were inspired by everything from Justice to Run The Jewels. At this point in our career as musicians, we only wanna go where inspo takes us.”
Earlier this week, it was announced that Arkells will be performing at the 2022 JUNO Awards, as they pick up nominations for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year categories.
Arkells had two major headline grabbing live events in 2021, pivoting from their three once-in-a-return-from-pandemic history making nights at Toronto’s Iconic Budweiser Stage, to headlining the 108th Grey Cup Halftime show in their hometown of Hamilton, ON. Performing a medley of their top hits to over 26,000 people – an all-time Tim Hortons Field attendance record – they were joined by special guests The Lumineers & K.Flay. Watch the performance here.
Their 6th studio album, Blink Once, a bi-coastal project which was recorded in LA and completed in Toronto, includes hit single, “You Can Get It” featuring K.Flay, their fifth #1 at the format. “You Can Get It” was prominently featured in the E3 launch of the Forza Horizon 5 video game trailer last summer. Blink Once also includes #1 track “Years In The Making,” and “All Roads,” which serves as the soundtrack to #TogetherAgain, a national vaccine awareness PSA to combat vaccine hesitancy.
Stay tuned for much more coming from Arkells this year.
BLINK ONCE 2022 TOUR:
March 18 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *sold out
March 19 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *sold out
March 20 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
April 2 – Kelowna, BC – Altitunes Music Festival
April 15 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
April 16 – Oshawa, ON – Tribute Communities
April 21 – Barrie, ON – Sadlon Arena
April 22 – Kitchener, ON – The Aud
April 23 – Kingston, ON – Leon’s Place
May 17 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
May 19 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 25 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar
May 26 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
May 27 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
June 25 – Hamilton, ON – The Rally
July 30 – Montreal, QC -– Osheaga
Sept 9 – Berlin, GER – Lido
Sept 12 – Hamburg, GER – Knust
Sept 13 – Düsseldorf, GER – Zakk
Sept 15 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront Studio
Sept 16 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sept 17 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 3
Sept 19 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Sept 20 – Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
Sept 22 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Sept 23 – London, UK – Brixton Electric
Sept 24 – Brighton, UK – Chalk
Oct 25 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Oct 28 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
Oct 29 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Nov 24 – Ottawa, ON – TD Arena
Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “the right kind of band for this decade,” Arkells are widely considered one of the most passionate, exuberant and in-demand live bands working today. As radio mainstays, sports-sync shoe-ins and curious students of culture, Arkells have remained ever present – building awareness and personal community experiences around their live shows and new music at every turn. The most emblematic example of this being The Rally, Arkells’ hometown concert that was hailed as one of the biggest headline shows in the country, and is slated to return in 2022. Arkells continue to unleash new music and tour dates as the band and their fans return to live in-person festivities. Their hotly anticipated new album BLINK ONCE is out now, with recently teased BLINK TWICE companion album due later this year.