Ontario’s favorite alternative band, Arkells, is back with a brand new single. Considered one of the most passionate, exuberant, and in-demand live bands working today, these radio mainstays, sport-sync shoe-ins, and curious students of culture have remained ever-present. They build awareness and personal community experiences around their live shows and new music at every turn. While off the road in 2020, they pivoted to their first acoustic-leaning project, Campfire Chords – a deluxe LP & play-at-home guitar chord book inspired by their most beloved hits – and live-streamed interactive music lessons that moved fans to learn new skills while “flattening the curve” from home.
Following their recent release, “You Can Get It” with K. Flay, the boys are back with a new single that is a hopeful summer jam. Frontman Max Kerman reflects,
As we start to find our footing on a road back to some normalcy in our lives the sentiment ‘all roads lead me back to you’ is about trying to find your way back home. Home could be a person, a place, or a personal truth – the goal is to keep moving, keep learning, and you’ll find your way.
This charming single is filled with meaningful lyrics set over lively instrumentals. Keeping to their usual high-energy tracks, Arkells don’t fall flat here, though the song takes on a bit of a slower pace than their previou track which really allows the message to shine through. Guitar chords, drum beats, and quaint synths set the foundation for the calming soundscape. As the lyrics explore the implications of change, the rolling soundscape soothes listeners into a reflective state of understanding that no matter what change might come our way, you’re always welcome back home, in whatever sense home looks like. And even though home might look different at different points in your life, you’re going to adjust and just keep moving forward.
The music video, directed by frequent collaborator and MMVA-awarding winner Mark Myers, is an artful contribution that follows the band through sunrise at Devil’s Punchbowl in their hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.
If you prefer to slow things down, check out the band’s recently released night drive version of the track.