The Arkells performed an extensive high energy set to a sold out crowd at Town Ballroom this past Friday. Not before vocalist Max Kerman and guitarist Mike DeAngelis played an intimate acoustic set to fans who brought a toy valued at 10 dollars or more to donate to local children who are less fortunate and otherwise would not have presents under the tree this Christmas.
Pentimento was direct support for The Arkells, they are a local band right here from my city of Buffalo. I have not had the pleasure of seeing them perform before so excitement came over me as they walked onto the stage. My first reaction was wow, how are these guys not headlining their own tours yet? They swept fans off their feet with Jeremiahs smooth voice and guitarist Lance Claypools catchy riffs. These guys gained plenty of new fans that night and I am proud to say that I am one of them.
The Arkells took the stage and got the fans jumping to their feet and screaming lyrics at the top of their lungs from the opener Cynical. The set continued with songs from High Noon; such as Come To Light, Dirty Blonde, and Leather Jacket. They also played songs off their older albums “Michigan Left” and “Jackson Square.” A fan favorite that night was 11:11, once they started singing that the crowd seemed to lose control. The encore started off with acoustic version of Kiss Cam, followed by young Turks and their biggest hit to date Leather Jacket.