[Cover photo credit to Nathan Nash]
Canadian artists Arkells have shared new track, “Human Being” featuring Lights, ahead of their seventh studio record, Blink Twice, coming September 23rd, 2022 via Virgin Records / Universal Music Canada.
Frontman Max Kerman speaks about the new track:
We wanted a chaotic energy – something like Talking Heads meets Billy Joel. We are learning a lot about ourselves on this record. This song is about finding a truer version of yourself – the one you’ve hid in the past. The song is searching for a kind of freedom that conventional life paths have to offer. Once we had it in good shape we sent it to our friend Lights who is the best at writing about this kind of discovery.
To me, this song feels like an anthem for seeking out moments and people that can make you feel something. We all need a shake up and we all hate being stuck in a rut. We all, as humans, share commonalities and needs that bring us together.
Blink Twice, the companion album to the band’s current release, Blink Once, was part of a bigger plan to come out of the pandemic with two distinct records. It’s about “going to new places” and attempting to “grow curious” instead of “stubborn.”
Some of the guests on the album include Cold War Kids, to Aly & AJ, Tegan and Sara, Lights, Cœur De Pirate, Joel Plaskett and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers.
BLINK ONCE / TWICE 2022 TOUR:
July 30 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga
July 31 – Saint John, NB – Area 506 Festival
Aug 1 – St. Johns, NL – George Street
Aug 13 – Sudbury, ON – Grace Hartman Amphitheatre
Sept 9 – Berlin, GER – Lido w/ Lights
Sept 12 – Hamburg, GER – Knust w/ Lights
Sept 13 – Düsseldorf, GER – Zakk w/ Lights
Sept 15 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront Studio w/ Lights
Sept 16 – Bristol, UK – Thekla w/ Lights
Sept 17 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 3 w/ Lights
Sept 19 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club w/ Lights
Sept 20 – Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor w/ Lights
Sept 22 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy w/ Lights
Sept 23 – London, UK – Brixton Electric w/ Lights
Sept 24 – Brighton, UK – Chalk w/ Lights
Sept 30 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre w/ Lights
Oct 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre w/ K.Flay
Oct 22 – Grande Prairie, AB – Bonnetts Energy Centre w/ K.Flay
Oct 25 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena w/ K.Flay
Oct 28 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome w/ K.Flay
Oct 29 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place w/ K.Flay
Nov 24 – Ottawa, ON – TD Arena w/ Joel Plaskett Emergency