Arkells announced their new album today, Rally Cry, It will be released on October 19th via Entertainment One.
Never ones to slow down, the band teased their forthcoming music in the spring with the release of the politically charged People’s Champ, which fans can expect to set the tone for the collection of brand-new recordings.
“On Rally Cry, there’s an urgency to recording these songs and hearing them back. It’s our sharpest and most concentrated effort yet,” describes frontman Max Kerman. “Rally Cry is the idea of a communal heart, a connected spirit. Whether it’s political songs or love songs, they share the same starting place.”
The bold and gritty cover art, designed by Arkells guitarist, Mike DeAngelis, was largely inspired by the live-show spirit the band has worked to capture on the new album. “We made Rally Cry in the midst of touring our last record, with our live show fresh in our minds each time we entered the studio,” notes DeAngelis. “I wanted the art to reflect that same vibrant energy that made its way into the recordings as a result.”
Arkells have s relentlessly toured in support of 2016’s gold-certified Morning Report, which was extended by the surprise release of single Knocking At The Door – which became the most played alt-rock song of the year in Canada and topped the charts for 14 weeks.
Their recent tour included festival stops from Coachella to Lollapalooza plus a surprise viral trip to the 2018 Olympics in South Korea and a UK tour in support of Frank Turner. Following Frank supporting Arkells on their recent Canadian dates, Arkells switched places and joined him on his UK tour in the Spring. They also have a whole host of shows across the world for the remainder of the year.
Aug 31 – Seattle, WA – BUMBERSHOOT Festival
Sept 7 – Vancouver, BC – SKOOKUM Festival w/ The Killers, Florence & The Machine + more
Sept 8 – Edmonton, AB – SONiC FIELD DAY w/ Cold War Kids, Jimmy Eat World + more
Sept 14 – Chicago, IL – RIOT FEST
Oct 13 – Austin, TX – AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Oct 21 – Nov 12 – US TOUR w/ St. Lucia
Nov 16 – Cologne, GER – Luxor
Nov 17 – Berlin, GER – BiNuu
Nov 18 – Hamburg, GER – Knust
Nov 21 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Nov 22 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Nov 23 – London, UK – Heaven
Nov 25 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
Nov 27 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
Nov 28 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
Nov 29 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
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