Arkells’ video for “Drake’s Dad” actually features Drake’s dad — watch

An uplifting song about mischief, missing home, and meeting the right kind of strangers

    “The following is based on a true story,” begins Arkells’ hilariously unexpected video for “Drake’s Dad”, a song that’s actually about the time frontman Max Kerman randomly met Drake’s dad in a bar. “Last summer I was on a road trip with my best friends through the American South,” Kerman recalls, “and in the middle of the night, we happened to meet Drake’s dad — Dennis Graham — in a Memphis bar.”

    That’s one hell of a coincidence — a Canadian rock band meeting the father of Canada’s most dominant music star in Tennessee, of all places. So of course Kerman had to write a song about it. “I love writing about the joy of friendship, and the lighthouse that home can be while you’re out lost at sea,” he explains. “The narrative carries on to Nashville for some more shenanigans, and finishes with us crawling back into bed back home in Hamilton, very tired and missing our girls.”

    OK, but hold up. Is that actually Drake’s dad in the video? Sure is, along with a full cast of characters pulled from the band’s adventures in Nashville and Memphis. The song itself incorporates a distinctly Southern groove that feels right at home alongside visuals of Arkells getting up to all kinds of mischief, including but not limited to: drinking beers in the shower, partying with bachelorettes, and singing with a gospel choir. Them be some pretty nice Views, dudes.


    Check out the video for “Drake’s Dad” above, and scroll down to see the band’s full itinerary, which includes a stint with fellow rabble rouser Frank Turner. Arkells’ new album, Morning Report, is due out worldwide on August 5th.

    Arkells 2016 Tour Dates:
    07/28 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
    07/28 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge, Lollapalooza After Party
    07/30 – New Glasgow, NS @ The Riverfront Jubilee
    08/01 – St. John’s, NL @ George St. Festival
    08/06 – Regina, SK @ Queen City Ex
    08/21 – Großpösna, DE @ Highfield Festival
    08/23 – London, UK @ Lexington
    08/25 – Übersee, DE @ Chiemsee Festival
    08/27 – Bala, ON @ Kee To Bala
    09/03 – Calgary, AB @ X-FEST
    09/04 – Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom Festival
    09/09 – Niagara, ON @ Jackson Triggs
    09/15 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
    09/27 – Champaign, IL @ The Accord *
    09/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room *
    09/29 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish *
    09/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club *
    10/01 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – Beer Garden *
    10/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
    10/27 – Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre *
    10/28 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater *
    10/29 – Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage *
    10/30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa *
    10/31 – Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live at The Queen *
    11/02 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Theater *
    11/03 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *
    11/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag
    11/12 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
    12/9-10 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

    * = w/ Frank Turner