9:30 presents at U Street Music Hall
The Greeting Committee
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is all ages
Arkells fifth studio album Rally Cry is the band's most pointedly powerful effort thus far. Long known for their exceptional songwriting and high-energy performances, the Hamilton, ON-based quintet -- singer Max Kerman, guitarist Mike DeAngelis, bassist Nick Dika, keyboardist Anthony Carone, and drummer Tim Oxford -- reveal on Rally Cry an unheard soulfulness that elevates their new songs to places that, while connected to a new approach, feel perfectly in tune with who the band is and always has been. Rally Cry has the size and scope to match Arkells' ambition and ever-growing audience that love the band for the uniquely raw energy that is all their own.
Arkells have remained ever-present, relentlessly touring in support of their most recent album, Morning Report, which was extended by the surprise release of "Knocking At The Door" -- the 14-week #1 smash, which became the most played alt-rock song of the year. The album yielded festival stops from Coachella to Lollapalooza, an unexpected viral trip to the Olympics in South Korea, and their show-stopping, stadium-filled hometown show "The Rally," in front of 24,000 fans this summer.
"On our last album, we dipped our toes into the water, and learned that the boldest and most gratifying ideas were the ones where we took the biggest chances," asserts Kerman. "That record emboldened us and gave us confidence to trust our instincts even more. On Rally Cry, we've risen to the challenge and we're playing for keeps."
The Greeting Committee
All between the ages of 19 and 21, The Greeting Committee, made up of Addie Sartino (vocals), Brandon Yangmi (guitar), Pierce Turcotte (bass), and Austin Fraser (drums), deliver an undeniably original selection of songs that feel as intimate as a basement recording but unfold in intricate textures and melodic sophistication. The Kansas City-based band's full-length debut This Is It is a coming-of-age story in album form, a reflection on growing up but defiantly holding onto a certain innocence. With her delicate yet powerful vocals, Sartino instills This Is It with an openheartedness that transcends age and time, bringing both dreamy sensitivity and wide-eyed wisdom to every track.
Arkells have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to organizations bringing dignity, equity, and access to communities who need it. www.plus1.org