Hamilton-based band, Arkells, unveils a new song and video “A Little More.” They also add the track to Campfire Chords. Campfire Chords is a deluxe LP & play-at-home guitar chord book inspired by their most beloved hits. Written with a nod to the band’s piano player Anthony Carone, “A Little More” is an uplifting song about love and sacrifice that stems from when Carone’s musical father sold a bunch of his own gear in order to buy an upright piano for his young son to learn to play.
The official video that was once again self-shot by band frontman Max Kerman in one take on an iPhone. If this song was a movie, there’d be a disclaimer at the beginning that reads “The following is based on a true story.” Arkells latest A Little More comes as a welcomed *new* edition to their fan-favorite, Campfire Chords LP. The tune was written with a nod to their piano man Tony – an undisputed wizard on the keys. He’s been playing since he was a small child and they have adorable photos of a 6-year-old Tony to prove it. In Tony’s infancy, his musician-father sold a bunch of his own gear in order to buy an upright piano for his young son to learn to play. A fan-favorite, this story of love, dedication, and sacrifice was befitting of a song itself.
Also today, Arkells launched the Campfire Chords guitar chord book as a companion piece to the Campfire Chords music. Expanding beyond the Campfire Chords tracklisting, the 33-song book captures songs across Arkells’ entire catalog.
Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “the right kind of band for this decade,” Arkells are widely considered one of the most passionate, exuberant, and in-demand live bands working today. As radio mainstays, sport-sync shoe-ins, and curious students of culture, Arkells have remained ever-present – building awareness and personal community experiences around their live shows and new music at every turn.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.