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Arkells Hit Hard With Soaring Single ‘Knocking At The Door’

Less than a week after their huge performance at the JUNO Awards (check out the best moments from 2017 JUNO Awards here), Arkells have dropped their new single “Knocking At The Door.”

The five-piece have always drawn influences from pop, rock and folk, but with their new single, the Canadian band are diving into soul and jazz, while simultaneously dropping one of their most rock-heavy songs yet.

Integrating brass instruments and female back-up singers, “Knocking At The Door” is Arkells at their most cinematic—bridging the gap between genres to produce a track with a little something for everyone.

Teasing the new single all week on their social media accounts, Arkells debuted a short clip on their Instagram account today, giving a behind the scenes look into the recording session and large team it took to create the wall of sound for “Knocking At The Door.”

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In a press release for the new single, lead singer Max Kerman writes, “We kicked off this year with a tour across North America. The top of 2017 proved to be an inspiring time to travel the continent, and the experience of playing for different communities began to inform new musical ideas. Every night on stage, new melodies, words and arrangements began percolating throughout the band. When we came home we got right to work on this song. We didn’t want to wait around to release it. We wanted you to hear it now.”

Arkells fans will have plenty of opportunity to see the band perform “Knocking At The Door” live this summer. The band is set to play a number of festivals in Canada and the United States, including Festival d’ete de Quebec in Quebec City, Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Mo Pop in Detroit, Xponential Festival in Philadelphia, and Middle of the Map Festival in Kansas City. The band is also embarking on a tour that will take them across North America throughout the summer.

“Knocking At The Door” will be part of the Hamilton band’s deluxe edition of their JUNO-nominated 2016 album Morning Report. The new disc is expected to drop this spring.