Tuesday evening, Record Theatre at Main and Lafayette threw the Arkells a record release party for their fourth album “Morning Report”, which was released on August 5.
The band played six songs for a few hundred loyal fans, and stuck around after to sign copies of their new album, and meet some fans.
If you haven’t heard of the Arkells yet, now would be the time to start listening. Arkells are a Canadian rock band, formed in Hamilton, Ontario in 2006. They released four albums, two EPs and several singles that have charted in Canada. Four albums later, they have become particularly fond of the city of Buffalo, and have established quite a following from us Buffalonians.
Last year the Arkells played two shows in the city of Buffalo. The first, at Canalside on June 11, was a free Thursday show. Fans paid for the second show on December 11, at the Town Ballroom on Main.
Two weeks ago the band announced that they will be returning to Buffalo this December, not just for one show, but two. Arkells will play back to back shows, once again at the Town Ballroom, December 9 and 10.
If you didn’t believe me when I said they have quite a following in Buffalo… the Saturday show on December 10 is already sold out. I have a feeling that tickets for the Friday show won’t last into September.
I was able to steal Max Kerman, the lead vocalist of Arkells, away from the crowd at Record Theatre on Tuesday for a quick Q&A…
Austin Rexinger: You’re from Hamilton… but what does Buffalo mean to you?
Max Kerman: [Buffalo] was one of the first markets outside of Hamilton that seemed to understand and get what we were doing, and its only gotten better and better each time, and this was awesome [today].
AR: To have the release party for your new record here in Buffalo, is pretty big, right?
MK: Yeah—it’s the first American release we’ve done.
AR: The new album— I’ve listened to it a few times now, and it’s got a little bit more emotion behind it, some more love songs, where is that coming from?
MK: I mean… I don’t know, I usually don’t have an agenda when we go into writing [songs] so it’s more of whatever moves me to sit down at the piano, and I guess these batch of songs, that was on my mind, so yeah, I don’t know… it comes from a variety of places.
AR: The show at Town Ballroom last year was awesome, how do you feel about that venue?
MK: It’s our favorite venue. For clubs that size, it’s the best in North America. We’re happy to take two nights [this year].
If you couldn’t tell, I’m a fan. Take my advice, buy your tickets now for their show in December, it’s gonna be a great time.