Ahead of their UK tour which kicks off next week, Canadian indie-rockers ARKELLS have shared a video for Hand Me Downs featuring former tour mate Frank Turner.
The band took time out from recording their new album Rally Cry to tour the UK with Frank earlier in the year (read our review of that here), and found inspiration for Hand Me Downs while on the road, helping them finish the record in style.
Frontman Max Kerman says:“Every night we got to watch Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls create these collective moments of unity with the crowds. These sing-a-longs at these shows are kind of stunning – so much joy, so much heart.
“At the time I was listening to a lot of Joe Strummer, and became somewhat obsessed with the song Johnny Appleseed. The alchemy of watching Frank every night; and listening to Joe helped inform the beginnings of Hand Me Downs. We recorded a quick acoustic demo, and then as soon as we got home we hit the studio.”
Frank’s contribution came when the band had him come by the studio when he was touring through Toronto in September. “It only made sense to cut another version with him singing,” says Max.
“He’s a gamer, of course: he came in a little hungover, but ready to run takes. I love this version of the tune. His sense of work ethic and commitment to the craft has been a guiding light for me. Stoked to play this one live. It opens the record, but I think it’ll close the set.”
Check out the video for Hand Me Downs featuring Frank Turner below >>
Arkells will be touring the UK from next week:
Wednesday 21 – The Fleece, Bristol
Thursday 22 – Club Academy, Manchester
Friday 23 – Heaven, London
Sunday 25 – King Tuts, Glasgow
Tuesday 27 – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Wednesday 28 – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Thursday 29 – Green Door Store, Brighton
Tickets for the shows are available from seetickets.com and the album Rally Cry is out now via Universal Music.