“Never Thought That This Would Happen” was made to get the party going at any show it’s played at.
This song was recently released by local Hamilton band The Arkells, off their upcoming and currently nameless third album. They’ve recorded thirteen tracks for the album which is set to release this summer.
Beautiful, joyful, hot, summer is part of the inspiration for the song, and it comes through in the music. “Never Thought That This Would Happen” is an homage to Hillside, a lovely music festival held in nearby Guelph, ON in July. You can feel crowds pulsing around the song as it picks up for the climactic chorus. It’s all about the show.
The Arkells wrote the album here in their Steel City hometown with a fittingly workman-like approach of the nine to five workweek. They recorded the album in an abandoned building converted into a studio in Los Angeles.
The guys have tried some new things with this song, slower progressions and airier sounds open up the melodies.
“The song is a slow-burner, but by the end of it you should be moving,” said the band in an email to MonkeyBiz.
The lead up to the drop, when the drums and live-recorded string quartet arrangements kick in, is spot on. This band just knows how to make hits.