Published Oct 07, 2014As a young band beginning their career on Dine Alone Records, Arkells first made waves within the world of Canadian music with the uptempo rock of Jackson Square. Signing to Universal Music Group for their sophomore release, the Hamilton natives demonstrated more of a lean towards the pop end of the spectrum with Michigan Left. Now having nearly spent just shy of a decade playing music together, the five-piece has learned to balance and incorporate the best of both musical worlds, both in the studio and on stage.
We invited frontman Max Kerman and guitarist Mike DeAngelis up to the rooftop patio at the Exclaim! office to perform "Dirty Blonde," taken from their recently released third studio record High Noon.
His eyes hidden behind a pair of sunglasses, Kerman leads off with a straightforward strum pattern before DeAngelis jumps in with some light lead guitar work. On the decidedly stripped-down take on the driving pop-rock cut, the two team up for some vocal harmonies across the track's intimate lyric work, including references to both Nelly and Ja Rule.
Watch the performance in the player below.
Filmed by Katherine Kwan
Audio by Nash Bussieres
Edited by Katherine Kwan