At this summer’s WayHome Music & Arts Festival The Arkells took a moment to honour a Canadian band that means so much to their home country and to the Arkells themselves.
Here’s what the band had to say about the meaning behind their recent Hip cover:
It was important to us that we play a Hip tune this summer. This is the band that took us on tour and gave us the privilege of playing arenas across the country. We watched them every night on that tour, keen to pick up as many tricks that we could steal for our own. Gord D is known for being a poet, but I’d say he’s equal parts dance instructor.
We debated long and hard about which Hip song we oughta play this summer. There are of course too many good songs to choose from. Mike D suggested “My Music At Work” because it’s like The Who, but somehow heavier. I liked it because it wasn’t a particularly sentimental song, and The Hip don’t necessarily strike me as sentimental guys. This song is a joy to play and as you can tell: we channel some of those old tricks in this performance. Enjoy.
Xo Max, Nick, Tim, Anthony, Mike D
Without a doubt, their cover is one that would make our iconic Canadian band, The Tragically Hip, incredibly proud.