Arkells playing secret show with orchestra Friday night
Band and Boris Brott giving a taste of a new album
The Arkells, Boris Brott and Supercrawl are teaming up for a night of pop up shows Friday that’s a mash-up of rock and orchestral music.
It’s all happening during artcrawl, when the band is playing four sets with live strings supplied by Boris Brott and The National Academy Orchestra. The ensemble is playing tracks from the band’s soon to be released album High Noon, which comes out Aug. 5.
But the location is being kept a secret. Fans can get wristbands for the shows at Dr. Disc and Cheapies in downtown Hamilton at noon. Tickets are limited to two per person, but the event is free.
Audiences are getting two sneak peaks here. The first is the Arkells’ new album, which has a Dire Straits/Bruce Springsteen feel to it but with modern sensibilities, says frontman Max Kerman.
“Lyrically, it’s a little more outspoken,” Kerman told CBC Hamilton in a previous interview. You can also hear a heavier influence creeping around these songs, courtesy the band’s rhythm section.
The second sneak peak is an advance look at Boris Brott’s upcoming Orchestrate Hamilton! initiative – a concept series that connects the symphony with select local artists to orchestrate their work for unique performances.
Space is tight at Friday night’s show, as the venue’s capacity is only 70 people. These shows are somewhere between a club show and an art exhibition.
Donations welcome at the door, with proceeds going to SpecKids. More Supercrawl announcements are expected in the coming weeks.