By Paige Paquette
Universal Music Canada
“Loud and hard, the rain came down like it meant it. It was summer, the band was on the road somewhere in the northeast, and we were driving through a torrential rainstorm. There’s always a moment though – in the split second you drive through an underpass – where you find a moment of serenity. It’s calm, peaceful and quiet. And then boom – you’re back in the shit.” Frontman Max Kerman describes the lead single and highlights the nostalgic moments we all wish we could hang onto a little longer and the generalized motive in producing their third studio album, High Noon.
After restlessly touring coast-to-coast in 2010, the Arkells landed the Canadian Radio Music Award for “FACTOR Breakthrough Artist,” the Canadian Music Week Indie Award for “Favourite Live Artist/Group” and were soon after named “Best Live Act” by CBC Radio 3, while also winning the 2012 Juno Award for “Group of the Year.”
Arkells continue to treat us with adrenaline-filled, evocative indie rock tunes, and while vocals have never been their strongest point, the sentimental value, emotionally dripping lyrics and energy these men portray, still hypnotizes their following. An uplifting, romanticized evening is described throughout “11:11,” followed later by the guitar dominant, chivalrous, “Leather Jacket,” and a kick-in-the-ass reminder to not get caught cheating with a ‘knock-out’ in “Crawling Through The Window.” Throughout High Noon, Arkells turn a storybook courtship into an exotic idealization encompassing our little green monsters.Arkells, High Noon