Happy Holidays

December 20th, 2017

Photo: Jess Baumung


2017 was a strange year. You probably don’t have to think too hard to recall a lot of the not-so-great things that happened or are continuing to happen in the world. But in the face of difficult and trying times, we want to stay positive and grateful for the many small moments and experiences that made this year special as we roll up our sleeves and work towards a better 2018.

All and all, we got to spend the year doing something (video shoots notwithstanding) we really love – traveling and playing music together. It was shows at the Beacon Theater, Bud Gardens, Massey Hall and Coachella; playing with Frank Turner, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar, and Neil Young; eating at Vanessa’s Dumplings, Ben’s Chili Bowl, the Elgin Street Diner and the million local coffee shops that Max was tweeting at your from. 2017 was a year full of great moments and opportunities.

It was also a year full of firsts for the band. Tim became a father. Tony made it back to Italy for the first time. We let Max drive the van. And Mike learned the true meaning of Christmas.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone who helped make our 2017 the year that it was. Whether you came out to a show, listened to our music, or answered your mom when she asked you “what’s an Arkell?” – we are so grateful for your support and want to wish you all the best for the holiday season. We hope that whatever you choose to celebrate, you get to do it with people you care about and in a way that is meaningful to you. In my case, this means crushing chocolate oranges and trying to beat my brother at video game hockey. So from our family to yours, happy holidays and all the best for 2018.