Arkells Release New Single “People’s Champ” First Song From Forthcoming Album!

The unassailable anthem purveyors Arkells unleash their brand new single, “People’s Champ”. On the heels of their meteoric hit single, “Knocking at the Door,” “People’s Champ” is the first single to be announced off the upcoming fifth studio album from Arkells, set for release later this year.

Written and recorded in Toronto by Arkells, produced by previous collaborator with the band, Eric Ratz (“Knocking at the Door” and “Leather Jacket”), and mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, The 1975). “People’s Champ” is an upbeat, horn infused, politically charged anthem written to the social climate; created in part by “the guy currently in charge who only seems to be concerned with creating hysteria and bringing attention and wealth to himself.”

We’re all looking for leadership that is benevolent and generous, and truly has the will of the people in everything they do,” said frontman, Max Kerman. “We’re comforted every day by the people in our neighbourhood who go the extra mile for their community – especially when they don’t have to. We love that person. This song is about the opposite of that: it’s about the guy who acts like Robin Hood, but is the farthest thing from it. But that’s OK: look around and you’ll find people’s champs all around ya.” “People’s Champ” is an impeccable combination of their deft knowledge modern pop production and the motown songwriting influence that’s always been bubbling under surface.

Earlier this year, Arkells announced “The Rally” for June 23, an official kick-off to the summer, live at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, with special guests Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs and Ellevator. Due to popular demand, the hometown show was shortly upgraded to a full stadium affair of up to 26K tickets, making it the band’s biggest headline show to-date, surpassing their 2017 summer show at Budweiser Stage in Toronto which sold out in three days. In partnership with PLUS 1, Arkells have already raised over $18K through ticket sales for “The Rally” that will be donated to Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health.

Vocalist/guitarist Max Kerman, guitarist Mike DeAngelis, bassist Nick Dika, drummer Tim Oxford and keyboardist Anthony Carone, collectively known as Arkells, have been relentlessly touring in support of their most recent album, Morning Report; building their audience and further solidifying their reputation as a passionate, high-energy, live-rock authority. Since the release of the album, the 4x JUNO Award winners have made their debut at some of the biggest marquee festivals in the U.S., including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Their most recent hit single, “Knocking At The Door,” spent an unprecedented 14 weeks at #1 on the Canadian Alt/Rock charts, making it the most played alt/rock song of 2017, and Arkells the most played band of the year.

Starting on April 13, Arkells will embark on a month-long UK tour supporting folk-rock troubadour Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls. After that, the band will return home for “The Rally,” followed by a string of Canadian festival dates. See itinerary below.

Tour Dates:
April 13 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 15 – Dublin, IRL @ Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 16 – Dublin, IRL @ Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 18 – Belfast, UK @ Limelight (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 20 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Garage (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 21 – Edinburgh, UK @ Liquid Room (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 22 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 24 – Sheffield, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 25 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 27 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 28 – Exeter, UK @ Uni Great Hall (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 30 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 1 – Southampton, UK @ O2 Guild Hall (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 2 – Southend-On-Sea @ Cliffs Pavilion (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 4 – Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 5 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 8 – Hull, UK @ Hull City Hall (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 9 – Norwich, UK @ UEA (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 11 – London, UK @ Roundhouse (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 12 – London, UK @ Dingwalls
June 23 – Hamilton, ON @ Tim Hortons Field: The Rally w/Special Guests Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs
June 30 – Timmins, ON @ Hollinger Park – Stars & Thunder Festival
July 7 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Marina Park – Thunder Bay Blues Festival
July 27 – Belleville, ON @ Empire Square Live
Aug 5 – Saint John, NB @ Long Warf – Area 506 Festival
Sept 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Stanley Park – SKOOKUM Festival
Sept 8 – Edmonton, AC @ Victoria Park – SONiC Field Day

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