Kerman said he and the band were looking forward to entertaining the locals and visiting crowds with an energetic live show that will hold up to the same standard that saw them named Canada’s Best Live Act by CBC Radio.
“We have to try extra hard now to live up to that title,” Kerman said. “We like to have a good time on stage. The music is serious but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We like to deliver fun shows and have a good time.”
The summer concert series venue, an open-air stage, will be a treat for the band.
“One of the pleasures of being in a band and being on tour is playing in so many different venues,” Kerman said. “In the winter we play a lot of rock clubs, which are dark and sweaty and I like that. In summer you get to play outside and there are a ton of great venues in Canada for that. Interior B.C. is incredibly beautiful.”
With their new album, High Noon, dropping less than a month before Arkells take to the Sun Peaks stage, Kerman confessed they’re still coming to grips with performing their new songs live. “The challenge is to find a way to play our new songs live so that they sound as good as our old songs. A large part of writing our new album was making sure that the songs would sound great live.”
Fans picking up High Noon can expect a classic Arkells sound with a few surprises.
“The energy on the record is definitely what you would expect from the Arkells. Songs that people can sing along to and songs with meaningful lyrics, but we’ve also taken a few chances,” said Kerman. “We’re really happy with how it turned out. We didn’t always know how it was going to sound, but we knew that we wanted it to sound a bit different,” he explained.
Listen to Arkells latest single, “Come To Light” and find out more about the band by visiting their website.