After a long two years (to the day!), the Canadian band is introducing its fourth studio album Morning Report. The growth from the success of High Noon, which landed the band a #1 spot on the Canadian iTunes chart, a certified Gold record and a 2015 JUNO Award for the Best Group and Best Rock Album is evident from start to finish on their new album.

Morning Report was born from the band’s day-to-day experiences and influenced by today’s greats in pop and rock & roll. It’s based on some no-emotions-left-behind recaps of the night before. That’s where the title Morning Report comes from.

Arkells

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The band took advantage of all the different talent that’s out there for this new record. They cited influences that you may not think of when you think Canadian Indie Rock, but that’s what makes the album so special. They also worked with four talented producers including Joe Chiccarelli who worked with the Killers. (Note: the track “Making Due” has an amazing Brandon Flowers-esq vibe to it).

As proud Ontarians, Arkells always make mention to their home town or province in their songs. If you remember the up-beat track from Michigan Left, “Where U Goin?” that gets you from Hamilton to Sarnia quicker (and catchier) than any GPS can. Morning Report is no different! The album starts out with a head-bopping tale of meeting Drake’s dad at a bar in Memphis. Yes, that Drake. Arkells, you da best! The song is called “Drake’s Dad” and the music video actually features him! Watch the video below.

“Private School” was the first song released off the new album. This song was the perfect introduction to what Morning Report was all about- adventure. Not only was the song a hit, but the Arkells used it to bring the “Arkellian” community together, sort of the opposite of the stereotypical inclusive nature of private schools. Arkells created their very own private school for fans to join called Arkells Collegiate Vocational Institute (ACVI). You can sign up on their website and you might be lucky enough to get mailed an official student card. These cards can get you into secret intimate shows, into bars as a second piece of ID and even out of speeding tickets! Arkells’ social channels are filled with amazing ACVI student stories, be sure to click them from the bottom of this post.

Listen to the entire Morning Report album stream below.

Arkells 2016 Tour Dates:

08/06 – Regina, SK @ Queen City Ex 
08/21 – Großpösna, DE @ Highfield Festival Tickets
08/23 – London, UK @ Lexington Tickets
08/25 – Übersee, DE @ Chiemsee Festival Tickets
08/27 – Bala, ON @ Kee To Bala Sold out!
09/03 – Calgary, AB @ X-FEST Tickets
09/04 – Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom Festival Tickets
09/09 – Niagara, ON @ Jackson Triggs Tickets Sold out!
09/15 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall Tickets
09/27 – Champaign, IL @ The Accord Tickets
09/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room Tickets
09/29 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Tickets
09/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club Tickets
10/01 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – Beer Garden Tickets 
10/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts Tickets
10/27 – Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre Tickets
10/28 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater Tickets
10/29 – Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage Tickets
10/30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa Tickets
10/31 – Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live at The Queen Tickets
11/02 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Theater Tickets
11/03 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt Tickets
11/04 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall Tickets
11/05 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall Tickets
11/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag Tickets
11/12 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Tickets
12/9 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom Tickets
12/10 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom Tickets

Southern Ontario residents, don’t forget how close Buffalo is! Arkells have been hinting via Twitter that the two Town Ballroom shows will be very different and one may even include Morning Report from start to finish on the set! The band is even offering a 2-day ticket pass that gets you into both shows.

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