It was hard to believe that The Arkells could top their critically acclaimed, and fan favourite album ‘High Noon’ but as soon as their latest single ‘Private School’ was released you knew the guys had something special. With this Beck kind of swagger, The Arkells returned earlier this year with a different vibe. In fact, Max described this song as being stupid. But a fun kind of stupid, like what Cake do, or the aforementioned Beck. And there is a guest vocalist on the track too; David Monks of Tokyo Police Club just happened to be in Los Angeles when the guys were working on the record, and invited him to the studio. Listen closely and maybe you’ll hear him on the track.
The Arkells even ventured into a more gospel sound on ‘Morning Report’ the name of which stems from the act of checking in on your buddy after a few drinks, or a wild night the next morning and getting the story on what went down. With the track ‘A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)’ and Pete, who is a friend of Max’s Dad was described like this in an interview:
The guys of The Darcys have had an interesting couple of years to say the least. After the other band members left the group, Jason Couse and Wes Marskell had to pick up the pieces. But they didn’t just shake off the negative things, they danced it off and seem all the better for it. They went from this atmospheric Radiohead-esque Indie Rock to pop rock bangers. Taking inspiration from Tegan And Sara, ultimately the guys wanted more people at their shows, and to have people actually listen to their music, so they went with a bigger sound. Now as a bit of a contrast for you, this is what The Darcys sound was just a short while ago.
And now the guys have returned after a bit of a break to change up their sound, and work on their new record ‘Centerfold’ out on November 4th! One that they wrote with the idea of driving around in a city like Los Angeles. But if you are a fan of The Darcys old stuff, don’t worry, they are still going to do some old songs, and perform them like they used to, but there will be more of a dance party feel to their show at X-Fest thie Labour Day Long Weekend! See you there. Put this track on repeat until then. It’s their latest release ‘San Diego, 1988’