Arkells fifth studio album Rally Cry is the band's most pointedly powerful effort thus far. Long known for their exceptional songwriting and high-energy performances, the Hamilton, ON-based quintet -- singer Max Kerman, guitarist Mike DeAngelis, bassist Nick Dika, keyboardist Anthony Carone, and drummer Tim Oxford -- reveal on Rally Cry an unheard soulfulness that elevates their new songs to places that, while connected to a new approach, feel perfectly in tune with who the band is and always has been. Rally Cry has the size and scope to match Arkells' ambition and ever-growing audience that love the band for the uniquely raw energy that is all their own.
Arkells have remained ever-present, relentlessly touring in support of their most recent album, Morning Report, which was extended by the surprise release of "Knocking At The Door" -- the 14-week #1 smash, which became the most played alt-rock song of the year. The album yielded festival stops from Coachella to Lollapalooza, an unexpected viral trip to the Olympics in South Korea, and their show-stopping, stadium-filled hometown show "The Rally," in front of 24,000 fans this summer.
"On our last album, we dipped our toes into the water, and learned that the boldest and most gratifying ideas were the ones where we took the biggest chances," asserts Kerman. "That record emboldened us and gave us confidence to trust our instincts even more. On Rally Cry, we've risen to the challenge and we're playing for keeps."
Dear RougeIf there's one constant in life, it's this: nothing stays the same. Change is inevitable, for better or for worse -- it's the sinister shadow lurking behind the sunniest day, the silver lining that offsets every cloud. That mutability is something with which the members of Dear Rouge are intimately familiar. Since putting out their debut EP in 2012, Drew and Danielle McTaggart have been on a somewhat breathtaking upward trajectory. That independent release led to another one, and the accolades began to flood in: a B.C. -- based radio award, songwriting prizes, a sweet record deal, charting singles, and a 2016 Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year followed in short order.