Canadian indie rock darlings The Arkells' latest offering, their first in three years, High Noon, will be released next Tuesday on Dine Alone Records. The band has said the eleven tracks on High Noon are their most adventurous. That's a bold statement from the highly decorated band. With two Juno Awards (2010 New Group of the Year and 2012 Group of the Year) tucked away in the trophy case, the band could have completely fallen back on the elements that made them successful. They did, and yet they didn't.
It's hard to change the heart of a band, and that's what they didn't change. However, the sound on High Noon is bigger and bolder, taking on a decidedly 80's feel with the guitar tones and synths, even pulling in some strings for a grander sound. The production values are tighter than previous efforts, but they didn't change what has made them so endearing, their heart -- earnest blue collar anthems. And High Noon has those in spades.
The band has released three songs ahead of the full album release, and all three are different is sound -- Never Thought This Would Happen, Come to the Light, and 11 11. For those listening for the first time, think of The Killers, Gaslight Anthem, and even a bit of Five for Fighting in spots. Listen below.
After listening to High Noon twice, there are a handful of deep cut standouts waiting for those patient lovers of full albums. Cynical Bastards is driving and infectious, Crawling Through The Window wins with its slow pace and thick guitar riff, and Systematic channels their inner Aldo Nova making it the most 80's track on the album. High Noon is out August 5th, 2014 at all major retailers.
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