People’s Champ by Arkells

Check out the new track from Ontario, Canada-based indie alt-rock band Arkells called “People’s Champ,” the first track from their upcoming fifth release, due out this year.

Personally, I am LOVING this new track, and I am hoping that you will, too. If you’ve not caught on to the Arkells or seen them live, make this year the year that all changes.

A bit about the new track:

“Written and recorded in Toronto by Arkells, produced by the previous collaborator with the band, Eric Ratz (“Knocking at the Door” and “Leather Jacket”), and mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, The 1975). “People’s Champ” is an upbeat, horn-infused, politically charged anthem written to the social climate; created in part by “the guy currently in charge who only seems to be concerned with creating hysteria and bringing attention and wealth to himself.”

“We’re all looking for leadership that is benevolent and generous, and truly has the will of the people in everything they do,” said frontman, Max Kerman. “We’re comforted every day by the people in our neighbourhood who go the extra mile for their community – especially when they don’t have to. We love that person. This song is about the opposite of that: it’s about the guy who acts like Robin Hood but is the farthest thing from it. But that’s OK: look around and you’ll find people’s champs all around ya.” ‘People’s Champ’ is an impeccable combination of their deft knowledge modern pop production and the Motown songwriting influence that’s always been bubbling under surface.”

Check Arkells out on tour this year:

April 13 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 15 – Dublin, IRL @ Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 16 – Dublin, IRL @ Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 18 – Belfast, UK @ Limelight (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 20 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Garage (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 21 – Edinburgh, UK @ Liquid Room (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 22 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 24 – Sheffield, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 25 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 27 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 28 – Exeter, UK @ Uni Great Hall (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
April 30 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 1 – Southampton, UK @ O2 Guild Hall (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 2 – Southend-On-Sea @ Cliffs Pavilion (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 4 – Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 5 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 8 – Hull, UK @ Hull City Hall (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 9 – Norwich, UK @ UEA (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 11 – London, UK @ Roundhouse (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)
May 12 – London, UK @ Dingwalls
June 23 – Hamilton, ON @ Tim Hortons Field: The Rally w/ Special Guests Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs
June 30 – Timmins, ON @ Hollinger Park – Stars & Thunder Festival
July 7 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Marina Park – Thunder Bay Blues Festival
July 27 – Belleville, ON @ Empire Square Live
Aug 5 – Saint John, NB @ Long Warf – Area 506 Festival
Sept 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Stanley Park – SKOOKUM Festival
Sept 8 – Edmonton, AC @ Victoria Park – SONiC Field Day

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