by Tiana Feng
Arkells announced a last minute show via mailing list that sold out in seconds. Last night, they took over a packed Adelaide Hall along with Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs.
I wasn’t previously familiar with Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs but I thought they were the perfect openers for the Arkells. The group played a 9-ish song set of rock n’ roll tunes that impressed the early crowd of young female Arkells fans, a lot of which looked like they had just turned 19. Cash knew the audience he was playing to, mentioning that one of his songs was inspired by Katy Perry, and named after her. If you’re a fan of Jane’s Party, Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs are also from the Cameron House Records family.
Arkells teased the tight crowd with a mixed set of new tunes and old favourites from Jackson Square and Michigan Left. New ones consisted of the opener “Coming Cars”, “Hey Kids” and the punchy “Cynical Bastards” which they dedicated to their booking agent Jack Ross from the Agency Group. These were all wedged between old favourites like “On Paper”, “Kiss Cam”, “Oh, the Boss is Coming”. Random blips like fallen mic or unplugged guitar cables were handled smoothly by frontman Max Kerman. The Arkells played with such great spirit and intensity in all their songs that it was really hard not to enjoy the show. From the sounds of it, the band’s next record is going to be pretty damn good.