High Noon is the third full-length studio album by Canadian rock band Arkells. It was announced on May 13, 2014 that the album would be released on August 5, 2014. The album sold 5,200 copies in its first week and debuted at on the Canadian Albums Chart. It is the band's highest position on that chart in their history. By September 2015, High Noon had sold over 40,000 copies and was certified a Gold Record. The album is a longlisted nominee for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize.
Their new album, High Noon, was written in Hamilton and produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks, M83). These collection of songs are the band’s most unabashed effort yet – politically charged, heart on your sleeve lyrics combined with adventurously modern and throwback production stylings. Max Kerman - Guitar, Vocals Mike DeAngelis - Guitar, Vocals Anthony Carone - Keyboard, Vocals Nick Dika - Bass Tim Oxford - Drums. Listen to Arkells' High Noon album stream
One one hand, the Arkells are by no means some high-minded indie art band. They are outspoken and ambitious, and make no bones about their quest to rule the Provinces, and with tracks like the huge, politically charged opener "Fake Money" and the infectious piano-organ jam "Cynical Bastards," they very well might succeed.
High Noon showcases Arkells' lofty ambitions, and while it might not be their defining record it's another intriguing step in their evolution.
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So I've mentioned in the past that rock music never really died out in the mainstream in Canada, at least not in the same way it did in the United States. Maybe it was CRTC content restrictions dictating the radio had to play at least some Canadian content and more of it happened to be rock than pop, but the ultimate result is that a burgeoning Canadian rock scene has thrived over the past four or five years even as the pop rock boom collapsed.
Cynical Bastards, 03:37. Never Thought That This Would Happen, 04:48. What Are You Holding On To?, 03:40.