After a bit of a wait, one of Hamilton’s finest exports, The Arkells, are back with a fantastic new song.

“Never Thought This Would Happen” is the first single off the upcoming new album from the Arkells and this song is great. Winter has gone on forever this year and this song is the perfect thing to get you in that summery ‘devil may care’ mood. The song is about summer nights, beers, friends, and more-than-friends.

Never Thought That This Would Happen is lovely and relatable. We’re looking forward to hearing the entire album.

We wrote the record in our hometown of Hamilton, with a workmanlike approach. We went in five days a week, had an hour for lunch, and rode our bike’s home. Our workshop was a 150-year-old building: a former spice factory, turned gay nightclub, turned abandoned building. The room isn’t acoustically primed, but that forced the band to keep the essentials, lock into the grooves, and let the natural reverb take the tunes into cinematic places.

“Never Thought This Would Happen” was inspired by this beautiful little summer festival in rural Ontario called Hillside. Under the sun, there’s live music, workshops and summer dresses flowing in the wind. Beneath the moonlight, there’s drinking, dancing, and campfire sing-a-longs. This song takes place after all of that, sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.