Today, Arkells return with their brand new single “Quitting You.” While Arkells were knee-deep working on their next studio album, the quarantine forced them to take four months physically apart – the longest they’d ever spent off the road. This pause did not slow them down but rather presented a new path.
Watch the video for “Quitting You” that was self-shot by band frontman Max Kerman in one take on an iPhone 11 Pro:
“Quitting You” is an intimate song about finding comfort in the people closest to you and was inspired by Arkells’ upcoming Campfire Chords project, out August 20. Campfire Chords is a stripped-back collection of Arkells’ most beloved songs and marks the band’s first full-length presentation of this side of their music. “Does it pass the campfire test?” is a question the band often asks themselves while working on new music. If a song can be stripped to its core and be sung around a campfire, “then we know we’re on our way.”
While we haven’t had concerts lately, we still have music in the kitchen, parks, backyards, docks, and campfires. With songs about the essentials in life – love, friendship, community, and optimism – Arkells’ Campfire Chords will feel like an old friend, here to keep you company.