Today, rock quintet Arkells shared the video for their new song “Drake’s Dad” from their highly anticipated new album, MORNING REPORT, out August 5 via Universal Music Canada. The video, which features Drake’s dad himself, premiered via Consequence of Sound in the U.S. and via in Canada. “Drake’s Dad” is based on an actual experience Arkells’ frontman Max Kerman had while visiting Memphis with some friends on a bachelor weekend.

“Last summer I was on a road trip with my best friends through the American south, and in the magic of the night, we happened to meet Drake’s dad – Dennis Graham – in a Memphis bar,” said Kerman. “He couldn’t have been more gracious, especially given that there were 16 of us, drunk on friendship and cheap American beer. This chance encounter inspired this song. The narrative carries on to Nashville for some more shenanigans, and finishes with us all crawling back in to bed back home in Hamilton, very tired and missing our girls. I love writing about the joy of friendship, and the lighthouse that home can be while you’re out lost at sea. ‘Drake’s Dad’ is Elton John meets Kanye West. Southern groove, classic piano changes, 808s, and a gospel choir.”

After writing the song, it only seemed fitting that when the time came to film the video, the crew head back to Memphis and figure out a way to get Drake’s Dad in it. They succeeded in their attempt.

Watch the video for “Drake’s Dad” on: Consequence of Sound and

The band would like to thank MuchFACT for their funding support behind this video.

Arkells are thrilled to announce that they will hit the road this fall for a run of North American tour dates in support of Frank Turner, in addition to a select number of headlining dates. The band is currently on tour where they made first-time appearances at Bonnaroo and Firefly Music Festival. The band will also be making a first-time appearance at Lollapalooza tonight and will perform at an official Lollapalooza After Party with The Struts at The Bottom Lounge. More tour dates to be announced soon. For more information on Arkells tour dates and pre-order packages, please visit

Watch the video for their first single “Private School” from their new album here.

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*Supporting Frank Turner

July 28 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

July 28 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge, Lollapalooza After Party

July 30 – New Glasgow, NS @ The Riverfront Jubilee

Aug 1 – St. John’s, NFLD @ George St. Festival

Aug 6 – Regina, SK @ Queen City Ex

Aug 21 – Großpösna, GER @ Highfield Festival

Aug 23 – London, UK @ Lexington

Aug 25 – Übersee, Germany @ Chiemsee Festival

Aug 27 – Bala, ON @ Kee To Bala

Sept 3 – Calgary, AB @ X-FEST

Sept 4 – Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom Festival

Sept 9 – Niagara, ON @ Jackson Triggs

Sept 15 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Sep 27- Champaign, IL @ The Accord*

Sep 28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room*

Sep 29 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish*

Sep 30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club*

Oct 01- Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – Beer Garden*

Oct 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

Oct 27 – Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre*

Oct 28 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater*

Oct 29 – Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage*

Oct 30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa*

Oct 31 – Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live @ The Queen*

Nov 02 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Theater*

Nov 03 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt*

Nov 11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag

Nov 12 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

Dec 9 & 10 – Buffalo, NY @  Town Ballroom
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