LIVE REVIEW: ARKELLS' RALLY CRY TOUR IS A MUST-SEE LIVE SHOW



Love was in the air in Kitchener on February, 14th but not just because it was Valentine's Day. Fans packed The Aud for a spectacular show by Canadian rockers, Arkells and supporting act Lord Huron.

Ahead of the Rally Cry Tour came The Rally at Tim Horton's Field this past June, where Arkells performed to a record-breaking crowd of 24 thousand fans. The Rally Cry Tour kicked off on February 2nd - in support of their October release Rally Cry, in Vancouver and continued East through eleven Canadian cities. These Hamilton kids brought an electrifyingly energetic show to the kids (and and kids at heart) from the KW neighbourhood.

Cheers rang throughout as lead singer Max Kerman - wearing his trademark tasseled leather jacket (in pink), Mike DeAngelis, Nick Dika, Tim Oxford and Anthony Carone took their positions on stage.

The setlist was split between new tracks from Rally Cry and old favourites from the group's previous four albums. They shared eight of the ten songs from their most recent release including the evidently popular "Knocking At The Door", "Hand Me Downs" and "Peoples Champ" and even took fans all the way back to their 2008 debut release Jackson Square with a mashup of "Oh! The Boss Is Coming" and "No Champagne Socialist."

Halfway through the set, things slowed down momentarily with a stripped down rendition of "Only For A Moment." Kerman shared an incredibly intimate moment with the crowd - who stepped away from the mic, as the lyrics of the entire song echoed back at him.

The songs were only a fraction of what made this event so incredible. The atmosphere was electric - with spotlights, pay phones, confetti and non-stop dancing and jumping. With support from soulful backing singers, the Arkettes and brass band, The Northern Soul Horns, Arkells' produce a unique sound that is a refreshingly diverse spin on modern alt-rock. Though their music is great, the connection between the bandmates is so apparent and truly makes their live experience that much more enjoyable. It is clear that these guys love what they do and that the passion they possess is equally met by their fans.

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, lead singer Max Kerman held up a fan-made sign that read "Be Mine" after spotting it in the crowd. Other heartfelt moments included a centre-stage five-piece performance of "Kiss Cam" affront a sea of waving cellphones and Max balancing on the hockey boards with help from the crowd during "Hand Me Downs" before saying goodnight.

Fronted by the band's back-up singers - the Arkettes, they returned to the stage for a two-song encore starting with a cover of ABBA's "Dancing Queen." Fittingly for the occasion, Arkells lead a sing-a-long of the modern rock love ballad "My Heart's Always Yours" to cap off an amazing set.

Following the Kitchener concert, Arkells brought their stellar stage show to Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal before bringing their true northern talent across the border.

The Arkells are a solid band but an even more stellar live act. If you've yet to see this for yourself, you need to.






Connect: