[Cover photo credit to Lindsey Blane]

Arkells have released new track Teenage Tears” featuring Tegan and Sara, ahead of their seventh studio record, Blink Twice, coming September 23rd, 2022, via Virgin Records / Universal Music Canada. Their melancholy music video, shot in Vancouver’s Kingsgate Mall, has also been revealed.

Arkells frontman Max Kerman shares:

There’s a particular kind of intense emotional pain that reminds me of high school. It’s not worn down, chronic kind of pain. It’s a sharp and confusing, sad. This song is about how occasionally you can still feel that kind of sadness as an adult. We were trying to do something that might feel somewhere between Olivia Rodrigo and The National or Bon Iver.

“Teenage Tears” is the 5th track to release from Arkells’ forthcoming album Blink Twice, which has already launched tracks Past Life (ft. Cold War Kids), Dance With You (ft. Cœur de pirate, Aly & AJ), Human Being (ft Lights) & Reckoning.  

Kerman comments on the new album and its trend towards collaboration:

On Blink Twice, we wanted to include more voices on the record and we’re lucky enough to have a roster of pals who also happen to be our favourite musicians. Tegan and Sara have long been an inspiration for us. They’ve made themselves the most formidable career by taking bold artistic chances. A few years ago I saw them tour their memoir called ‘High School’, about their upbringing in Calgary and discovering their sexuality and music as teenagers in the 90’s. It was part concert, part theatre, part book-reading. And it was perfect. They’re now turning that book into a TV show, and it comes out this fall.

BLINK ONCE / TWICE 2022 TOUR:

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