This time, George Stroumboulopoulos opens up his house and welcomes Arkells back inside, along with 100 fans for an intimate and sweaty dance party to debut tunage off of the band’s upcoming album, Morning Report.
Arkells are Juno Award-winning road warriors from the Hammer, named after the street they lived on when they formed in 2006. They entered with old-school rock ‘n’ roll ethic with songs about punching clocks with punk-fuelled anthems in the tradition of the Weakerthans, Constantines and Wolf Parade. Arkells’ addiction to live performance resulted in marathon touring schedules. Adding two more full-length albums, four Juno Awards and a gold record, they have become one of the most-played bands on Canadian alt-rock radio.
Frontman Max Kerman has confessed that he is bored with rock music, that his tastes have changed and that Arkells’ sound has shaped them into their most eclectic album to date: Morning Report. They returned to the House with a 10-piece band, performing cuts off that record, including an exclusive premiere of “Come Back Home” and a few other surprises. You can watch it above.
Chantal Kreviazuk also joins for an in-depth conversation at the piano. She recently launched her first album in six years, which wasn’t a hiatus whatsoever: she’s kept busy dripping ink onto hits for Drake and Carrie Underwood while raising her three sons. With the release of her new album, Hard Sail, Kreviazuk’s sound remains within that realm of airy, folk-pop melodies that earned her multiple Juno Awards and a discography that recently etched its 20th anniversary. Alongside her husband, Raine Maida, she was honoured with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award and Order of Canada for their contributions to charitable initiatives.
In the House of Strombo, Kreviazuk shares her experiences with motherhood, songwriting and confesses her obsession with Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, resulting in an infectiously haunting cover of the band’s song “Daydreaming.”
Also, in the midst of the wall-to-wall music, Biz Markie and Kathleen Edwards visit to unravel some of their favourite songs.
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Pink Floyd, “Pigs On The Wing, Pt. 1”
Mozart, “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 9-01”
Mary Wells, “Hands off My Baby”
Kaytranada, “Weight Off (Ft. BadBadNotGood)”
Sam Cash and the Romantic Dogs, “Tossing And Turning”
Adia Victoria, “Dead Eyes”
Ween, “Up On The Hill”
Chantal Kreviazuk, “Vicious (Strombo Session)”
Chantal Kreviazuk, “All I Got (Strombo Session)”
Chantal Kreviazuk, “Daydreaming (Radiohead cover) (Strombo Session)”
Blink-182, “Bored To Death”
Deftones, “Phantom Bride”
Brand Nubian, “Allah U Akbar”
Steve Miller, “Fly Like An Eagle”
Arkells, “Making Due (Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “Private School(Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “Drake’s Dad(Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “Come Back Home(Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)(Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “11:11(Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “Leather Jacket(Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover)(Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “My Girl (The Temptations cover)(Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder cover)(Strombo Session)”
Arkells, “Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover)(Strombo Session)”
Susan King, “I Got A Good Thing”
Tobbo Eitel Na Bona Bao, “Ndol’a Jomba”
Kathleen Edwards, “A Soft Place To Land”
Black Keys, “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be”
Holy F–k, “House of Glass”
Black Mountain, “Space To Bakersfield”
Metallica, “Am I Evil”
FEAR, “Let’s Have A War”
Suicide, “Ghost Rider”
Marlena Shaw, “Woman Of The Ghetto”
Sharon Van Etten, Perfume Genius & Friends, “To Lay Me Down”
Pink Floyd, “Pigs On The Wing, Pt. 2”
For further musical exploration with George Stroumboulopoulos, tune in to The Strombo Show everySundaynight on CBC Radio 2 or CBC Music from8 to 11 p.m.for three hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers.