Arkells

FM96 PRESENTS

Arkells

Wildlife

Sat, May 24, 2014

7:00 pm

$25.00 - $650.00

This event is all ages

www.londonmusichall.com

Arkells
Arkells
We all met while living in Hamilton a ways back, and while we've been playing music together for five years, we've been playing softball together for six. Since we released Jackson Square, we've moved from residing primarily in Hamilton to residing
primarily in our van. That explains why it's so messy. While touring the aforementioned Jackson Square, we have had the opportunity to play a smattering of shows, tours and festivals with lots of bands we love and never thought we would get to play with – Metric, Pearl Jam, Girl Talk, Tokyo Police Club, Them Crooked Vultures, Wintersleep, and the Starland Vocal Band. Because some of these shows took us places we don't normally go, we also had the opportunity to eat places we've never been before. Places like Pizza Uno, In-and-Out Burger (Tim's favourite), Noodle Box (Max's favourite), and a really good Cajun restaurant called Hot Belly Mama's. We all love playing live, so we toured Jackson Square for a really long time. So long in fact, that we've already played most of the songs on the new record live at some point. You still have to promise us you'll act surprised when you hear them. This winter, after a couple months of pre-production and tour decompression, we all headed up to the Bathouse Studios in Kingston and bore down. Dan put on his producer hat, Tim put on his engineer hat, and Mike put on his chef's hat (because you still gotta eat). We spent two fortnights tracking the songs and in the process we got to play with gated snare drums, a Juno-D synthesizer, and a nifty little effects processor called the
Eventide. We also had our friend Kathleen Edwards drop in and sing on one of the songs. Since then, we have been working with Jack Joseph Puig on mixing the record and settling on a name (when you have five parents, the naming process take a little
bit longer). We're all really excited for you to hear it. While it is customary in bios to write about the band's musical influences, you might be kind of sick of that (and ok with deciding for yourself) so in lieu of influences, some of the podcasts we like to listen to are: This American Life (Dan's favourite), The BS
Report, Philosophy Bites, Baseball Today (my favourite) and Q. They probably find their way into the music somehow too. It's also customary to include some things people have said about us, so here it goes: Janet Kerman has said "the volume of your live show is a little on the loud side" and when asked about the Arkells, Nellie Dika suggested that "you guys don't sound like Kevin Costner Nicky; he's a countrywestern singer!"

Arkells are collectively 30 feet and 3 inches tall and weigh 912 pounds.
Wildlife
Wildlife
The heart is a funny thing. It's strong, vulnerable, vital, but unlike most of the important things in our
lives, it's not protected by bricks or Kevlar. Unless you have a Kevlar heart... and if so, where did you
get it? Can I have one? For the rest of
us, we put ourselves out into the world blind and unguarded;
we love, we live and sometimes we get hit (possibly hard).
When we mess
-­‐
up or get messed
-­‐
up, our
hearts help us use those mess
-­‐
ups to learn, to light the way, and get a bit closer to a less mes
sed
-­‐
up
truth.
Wildlife has always kind of been about a similar kind of thinking. We're all in this together, so lets get
movin', always forward, never back, don't dwell on the past, let's build on our mistakes, try new
things and stop pretending you know
everything cause you don't and that's annoying. AND That's
pretty much what our entire first record was about!
Strike Hard, Young Diamond
(our first record)
was a study of letting go, an observation of youth, what it means to be young, reckless, naïve an
d all
of the incredible things that can come out of happy accidents. We used themes of adventure,
exploration and vitality to explain jumping into the dark, deep water not knowing or caring where
you came up for air.
I guess it only makes sense that our
new record is about realization. It probably asks more questions
than gives answers.
The one answer it does give is really nothing new, but it has a lot of meaning to
me either way, which is why we call it
"...On The Heart".
We view it as an essay, a love l
etter, a
tribute to the heart itself. Everything it does for us, to us, how it helps us and hurts us. How it heals
us, holds us up and pushes us forward. It keeps us going, keeps us living and gives us a place to be
free. Don't stop believin'? Follow your
dreams? Sure. But it seems to me that the heart is too
complex to be summed up in a catchphrase. I think it would be fair to say that this new album was
created to try to make a little sense of that complex, mysterious, vital muscle. Maybe with a couple
ca
tchphrases thrown in for good measure. We buried our hearts deep inside this thing, and we hope
you love it as much as we do.
Dean Povinsky + Wildlife
(Dean Povinsky is some guy who just wrote this thing you read. He is the lead singer and guitarist o
f
Wildlife, along with Derek Bosomworth (bass), Dwayne Christie (drums) and Graham Plant (guitar).
Their critically acclaimed, not so good selling first album
Strike Hard, Young Diamond
came out in
November 2010. But what they care about right now
is ...On T
he Heart
, to be released March 5 2013
on Wax Records. It was recorded with some really awesome guys named Peter Katis (The National,
Interpol) Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado). Wildlife lives in Toronto, but they want to
come meet you in per
son and spoil you rott
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1
http://www.londonmusichall.com/

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