Sharing a love of the kind of raw, soulful Springsteenesque Rock that inspires a teen to pick up a guitar and start a band, Arkells formed in Hamilton, Ontario CANADA, in 2006 comprised lead singer + guitarist Max Kerman, guitarist Mike DeAngelis, keyboardist + guitarist Dan Griffin, bassist Nick Dika and drummer Tim Oxford.
The ambitious and prolific five-piece quickly found its groove and recorded
an EP entitled "Deadlines" in 2007. Since the release of this
6-track disc, the band has traveled across Canada sharing stages with
Sam Roberts, Alexisonfire
and The Black Crowes.
With live shows fueling the buzz created by the EP, the band quickly caught the ear of Dine Alone Records who released the band's debut full-length album, "Jackson Square", in October 2008; it included the undeniably catchy single "Oh, The Boss Is Coming!", which climbed into the top 10 of the Canadian alt-Rock chart and two more Rock radio top 20 hits "Ballad Of Hugo Chavez" and "Pullin' Punches".
After relentlessly touring their debut record, Arkells retreated to the Bathouse Studios in Kingston, Ontario to record their sophomore album, "Michigan Left", which arrived in October 2011 and quickly catapulted into the Top Canadian Albums chart at #5. That second offering was prefaced by the Canadian alt-Rock radio top 10 hit, "Whistleblower"; also the second single, the CD's title-track, climbed into the top 10 of the same chart.
Around this time Griffin left the band and was replaced by keyboardist Anthony Carone.
Arkells have a new album on the way in 2014 and they have released the first taste of it via the new single "Never Thought That This Would Happen".