Arkells announce ‘Rally Cry’ + release new single “Relentless”

A few months ago, Arkells dropped a politically charged new single called “People’s Champ.” At the time, there was no album announcement yet — but that has now finally changed.

Arkells have announced that their new album, Rally Cry, will be released on October 19th. It was produced by Eric Ratz (Knocking at the Door, Leather Jacket), mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac), and mastered by Greg Calbi (Arcade Fire, Kacy Musgraves). Rally Cry serves as the follow-up to 2016’s Morning Report, and can currently be pre-ordered here.

To celebrate the announcement, Arkells have also released a brand new song called “Relentless,” which you can check out at the top of this post. Speaking on the track, Arkells frontman Max Kermane explains “My dad showed me this South African artist named Chicco and this tune of his with this afro-pop, keyboard driven, epic, cinematic groove. We were so inspired by it, we ended up sampling a track for the first time and worked collectively to build a tune around it. Rock bands aren’t as known to dip their toe into the sample world, but in 2018 we’re game to throw all conventional rules out the window. It became the band’s favourite demo while recording, but didn’t have a chorus yet – beyond the word ‘Relentless.'”

If you like what you hear from “Relentless” and the previously released “People’s Champ,” don’t forget that the new album, Rally Cry, drops on October 19th. In addition, Arkells will be heading out on a world tour this fall — all of those dates can be found bwlow.

Tour dates:

August 31st – Seattle, WA – BUMBERSHOOT Festival

September 2nd – Cincinnati, OH @ Sawyer Point – WEBN Fireworks Show

September 7th – Vancouver, BC – SKOOKUM Festival w/ The Killers, Florence & The Machine + more

September 8th – Edmonton, AB – SONiC FIELD DAY w/ Cold War Kids, Jimmy Eat World + more

September 14th – Chicago, IL – RIOT FEST

October 12th – Austin, TX – AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

Upcoming U.S. tour w/ St. Lucia:

October 21st – Phoenix, Arizona – Crescent Ballroom

October 23rd – Denver, Colorado – Ogden Theatre

October 25th – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Jones Assembly

October 26th – Dallas, Texas – Canton Hall

October 28th – Houston, Texas – White Oaks Music Hall

October 30th – Nashville, Tennessee – The Cowan

October 31st – Atlanta, Georgia – Center Stage

November 2nd – Charlotte, North Carolina – The Underground

November 5th – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club

November 7th – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Theatre of Living Arts

Novembre 10th – Asbury Park, New Jersey – Asbury Lanes

November 11th – New Haven, Connecticut – Toad’s Place

November 12th – Boston, Massachusetts – Royale Nightclub

Headlining tour w/ Felix Hagan & The Family

November 16th – Cologne, Germany – Luxor

November 17th – Berlin, Germany – BiNuu

November 18th – Hamburg, Germany – Knust

November 21st – Bristol, UK – The Fleece

November 22nd – Manchester, UK – Club Academy

November 23rd – London, UK – Heaven

November 25th – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts

November 27th – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall

November 28th – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds

November 29th – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store