Opening up for The Tragically Hip on a national arena tour is pretty damn huge. The last time i saw The Arkells they were playing a side stage at Osheaga. They sounded great then. The festival vibe kept them loose and unrestricted. On a larger stage (albeit smaller, when you consider they were playing in front of The Hip’s gear) they seemed somewhat constrained. They still sounded tight, musically, and it’s some great exposure for the Hamilton band. I’m betting they grow into their bigger and better surroundings and eventually headline a venue like the GM Centre in Oshawa.
Pick up the fantastic “Michigan Left” from the Arkells web-store and stream it on Rdio