ARKELLS RELEASE NEW SINGLE “QUITTING YOU” TODAY
Credit: Nathan Nash
NEW PROJECT CAMPFIRE CHORDS OUT AUGUST 20
30 JULY 2020 (TORONTO, ON) – Arkells return with their brand new single “Quitting You,” out today on Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Following the release of their #1 Alternative radio track “Years In The Making,” “Quitting You” is an intimate song about finding comfort in the people closest to you and was inspired by Arkells’ upcoming Campfire Chords project, out August 20. Campfire Chords is a stripped back collection of Arkells’ most beloved songs and marks the band’s first full-length presentation of this side of their music. Amidst the uncertain backdrop of 2020, Arkells took a pause from working on their upcoming studio album and went back to their roots, reinterpreting past material and rediscovering the singer-songwriter spirit that has long informed their trademark sing-a-longs. See the full Campfire Chords track listing below. Also today, Arkells premiered the official video for “Quitting You” that was self-shot by band frontman Max Kerman in one take on an iPhone 11 Pro.
On Sunday, August 2 as part of the opening weekend for NHL hockey’s return to play, Arkells will perform “Quitting You” for the first time ever plus sports anthem “Years In The Making” during the Budweiser #OneTeam Tribute throughout Sportsnet’s prime time coverage of the Maple Leafs vs Blue Jackets game. The Budweiser #OneTeam Tribute is a celebration and a thank you to our nation’s frontline heroes whose tireless efforts these past few months led the charge to welcome back hockey. This performance marks the first time Arkells have played together in over four months.
Arkells – “Quitting You”
While Arkells were knee-deep working on their next studio album, the quarantine forced them to take four months physically apart – the longest they’d ever spent off the road. This pause did not slow them down; but rather presented a new path.
Amidst the uncertain backdrop of 2020, Arkells took a heel turn and went back to their roots, reimagining versions of their most beloved songs for a new project. From their bedrooms, Arkells began to reinterpret past material for a new project, thematically titled Campfire Chords, and rediscover the singer-songwriter spirit that has long informed their trademark sing-a-longs. These remote sessions inspired their latest single, “Quitting You” – an intimate song about finding comfort in the people closest to you.
The vulnerable arrangements heard in Campfire Chords marks the band’s first full-length presentation of this side of their music. “Does it pass the campfire test?” is a question the band often asks themselves while working on new music. If a song can be stripped to its core and be sung around a campfire, “then we know we’re on our way.”
While we haven’t had concerts lately, we still have music in the kitchen, parks, backyards, docks, and campfires. With songs about the essentials in life – love, friendship, community, and optimism – Arkells’ Campfire Chords will feel like an old friend, here to keep you company.
Campfire Chords Cover Art
Campfire Chords track listing:
1. Knocking At The Door
2. Quitting You
3. Years In The Making
5. Michigan Left
6. I’m Not The Sun
7. Don’t Be A Stranger
8. Come To Light
9. A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)
10. Eyes On The Prize
11. Book Club
12. And Then Some
13. Kiss Cam
14. My Heart’s Always Yours
15. Hand Me Downs
18. Leather Jacket
19. Take Me Home (Outro)
Download/stream “Quitting You” HERE
Watch the official video HERE
Arkells publicity photo and Campfire Chords artwork HERE
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Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “the right kind of band for this decade,” Arkells are widely considered one of the most passionate, exuberant and in-demand live bands working today. As radio mainstays, sport-sync shoe-ins and curious students of culture, Arkells have remained ever present – building awareness and personal community experiences around their live shows and new music at every turn. The most emblematic example of this being The Rally, Arkells hometown concert that sold 24,000 tickets and hailed as one of the biggest domestic shows in the country. To follow came North American and international headline touring that included their first sold-out concert at Scotiabank Arena and a stop later that year at Toronto’s premiere summer venue – Budweiser Stage – which sold out in one day. Arkells’ touring over the last year has cumulatively raised over $100K for charity, via the band’s partnership with Plus1, and the band has sold over 100,000 tickets domestically.