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Arkells Announce New Album 'Laundry Pile' And Release It's Title Track
By Stevie Connor. Photo Credit: Scarlett O'Neill.
Arkells release new song, “Laundry Pile”. The release of “Laundry Pile” accompanies the announcement of the band’s forthcoming new studio album of the same name, coming September 21st.
“Anyone who keeps a journal will tell you that writing is one of the best ways to work through the chapters of your life,” says frontman, Max Kerman. “Our new album Laundry Pile is a chapter that documents some of the messy parts that end up teaching you a lot: love, regret, desire, shame, and the longing to get it right. The title track is out first, and it’s a memory honouring the little moments that represent a true partnership.”
A brand-new album was not in the works for Arkells. Having been steadily releasing new music over the last few years, the band wasn’t actively planning the next record to come this quickly. What became Laundry Pile caught the band by surprise and began to take shape.
At the top of the year, Arkells got together with a goal to work on acoustic renditions of recent material, jam and hang out, but very quickly started ruminating on other little ideas. “I brought in some demos I had been working on - they were little conversations with myself,” continues Kerman. “I had no expectations to do anything with the material, but then the band came to the rescue. It was very all-hands-on-deck. The more we meditated on the music, the more connected we became to the songs and to each other.”
Much of Arkells’ most recognizable material aims to be spirited and anthemic, but this collection of songs are more personal, pensive, and reserved. It’s the kind of album that is one cohesive listening experience - in keeping with the spirit of the classic singer-songwriter tradition.
“After a few weeks, we took a look at the white board with the growing number of songs scribbled on it and became excited to share these songs immediately,” Kerman adds. “It was one of the most deeply creative experiences we’ve had as a band so far. It’s important to simply honour the moment you’re in, and that’s what we did.”
Arkells will debut title-track “Laundry Pile” at tonight’s show in LA, amongst a barn burner of their best-of live hits. Catch Arkells on tour this summer and watch for soon-to-be-announced shows this fall, and additional special event shows that will showcase the most intimate side of the band.
May 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *TONIGHT*
June 16 - St. John’s NL - Iceberg Alley Festival
July 21 - Sarnia, ON - Revelree Music Festival
July 22 - Red Deer, AB - Westerner Days Fair
August 8 - Saskatoon, SK - Saskatoon Ex
August 11 - Albany, NY - Empire Live
August 12 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Outer Harbor
August 19 - Labrador City, NL - IronFest
Sept 14 - Ottawa, ON - CityFolk Festival
**MORE TO COME
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' beloved hometown concert event that’s been hailed as one of the biggest headline shows in the country, with record breaking attendance. Arkells continue to release new music and international tour dates - stay in touch at arkellsmusic.com