In the summer of 2013, we hauled our amplifiers to the second floor of a vacant nightclub in the heart of Hamilton,
ON, built originally as a spice factory, and began work on our new record
We chose our jam space on the second
floor for its large bay windows that let in the light from the east, as well as
a stark view of downtown Hamilton, a mixture of historic buildings and
underused surface lots. Riding our bikes the ten blocks to the jam space
each morning, we kept in mind the unofficial slogan of the city:
"Hamilton: a work in progress." Living in an old industrial
city in the midst of transition is both revealing and inspiring; like
our neighbours, we build on the past and strive for something more.
We workshopped the tunes for months, chasing different dreams with each.
If we have regrets, it's rarely from
trying something new. What keeps us up at night is the shit we wish we
had done, not the times we tried and faltered. As a result, this new
collection of songs are our most adventurous yet.
In many ways, the band has had a charmed
little run, but at the same time we've never been hungrier. We don't get
anxious before heading on stage anymore, but the time in between still gives us
nerves. Each record is a snapshot of what's meaningful to us at that moment in
time. And so, in the mid day sun of our rehearsal room, we strived to
find some kind of truth at High Noon.
Arkells met in school. They are a critically acclaimed rock n roll
band, known for their classic songwriting, electric live show, and workman like
Jackson Square, the band's first full length LP was released in 2008
to critical and commercial acclaim, garnering the Juno Award for New Group Of
The Year in 2010. In 2011, they released Michigan Left, a collection of
blue-eyed soul, sing-a-long anthems. In 2012 they won the Juno Award For Group
Of The Year, and the CBC Music award for Best Live Band.
Arkells have toured with acts such as Metric, The Tragically Hip,
Tokyo Police Club, British Sea Power, Anti-Flag, The Black Crowes.
Their new album,
High Noon, was written in Hamilton and produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, The
Kooks, M83). These collection of songs are the band's most unabashed effort yet
- politically charged, heart on your sleeve lyrics combined with adventurously
modern and throwback production stylings.