Barenaked Ladies’ ‘Detour De Force’ Deluxe Edition out today, kick off North American “Last Summer On Earth Tour tonight with a sold-out show!

Today, multi-platinum selling band Barenaked Ladies released the Deluxe Edition of their most broad-reaching and diverse album to date ‘Detour De Force.’ This Deluxe Edition includes the live versions of “Good Life”, “New Disaster” and “Live Well”, recorded live at BNL’s sold out Royal Albert Hall show in March.  Also included is “Way of the Heart”, which was previously only available on vinyl. 

LISTEN TO ‘DETOUR DE FORCE’ DELUXE ALBUM HERE 

Tonight, the group also kicks off their 37-date “Last Summer On Earth” North American tour with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket with a sold out show at the St. Augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, Florida. The tour wraps up on July 21st at Budweiser Stage in BNL’s hometown of Toronto.  Tickets and a limited number of VIP packages are available at www.barenakedladies.com

Barenaked Bytes, BNL’s own bespoke app, was recently updated and fans attending a show will have the ability to download and save a commemorative badge for their event through the app. The app is free and available on Apple’s App Store as well as Google Play store.  Download here:  https://www.barenakedbytes.app/

“Last Summer on Earth” Tour Dates:

June 3: St.Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre SOLD OUT

June 4: Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

June 5: Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

June 7: Irving, TX- The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

June 9: Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

June 10: Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre

June 11: Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre

June 13: Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery

June 15: Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheatre

June 16: Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park Amphitheatre

June 17: Troutdale, OR – EdgefieldSOLD OUT

June 18: Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino

June 20: Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden SOLD OUT

June 21: Morrison, CO – Red Rocks AmphitheatreSOLD OUT

June 23: Milwaukee, WI – SummerFest (BNL only, not a LSOE show)

June 24: Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Concert Cove at Harrah’s Council Bluffs

June 25: Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino, Mystic ShowroomSOLD OUT

June 27: Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre SOLD OUT

June 28: Madison, WI – Breese Stevens Field 

June 29: Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

July 1: Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park

July 2: Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

July 3: Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre

July 5: Lewiston, NY – Artpark Amphitheatre SOLD OUT

July 6: New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage

July 8: Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

July 9: Uncasville, CA – Mohegan Sun Arena

July 10: Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion

July 12: Philadelphia, PA – The Met

July 13: Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion

July 15: Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum

July 16: Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre

July 17: Vienna, VA – Wolf TrapSOLD OUT

July 19: Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights

July 20: Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

July 21: Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

 

BARENAKED LADIES ANNOUNCE FINAL TWO SHOWS OF THEIR “LAST SUMMER ON EARTH TOUR”

BARENAKED LADIES ANNOUNCE FINAL TWO SHOWS OF THEIR “LAST SUMMER ON EARTH TOUR”

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH GIN BLOSSOMS AND TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, STARTING JUNE 3

Tour Highlights Barenaked Ladies’ Most Recent Album Detour de Force and Standout Tracks “Flip,” “New Disaster,” and “Good Life”
Tickets on sale now

 

Photo Credit: Matt Barnes

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Toronto’s famed multi-platinum foursome Barenaked Ladies are hitting the road this summer with “Last Summer on Earth,” a 36-date North American tour with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Starting in St. Augustine, Florida on June 3, the tour had been rescheduled due to the pandemic and gives BNL the opportunity to showcase its 16th studio album Detour de Force, released in July 2021. The tour wraps up in the band’s hometown of Toronto on July 21.

“What a pleasure it is to be getting back to live music” stated lead singer Ed Roberston. “We’re so grateful to everybody who’s stuck with this tour being rescheduled multiple times. We can’t wait to get out and play for you! We’re ready to rock…and we suspect you are too!”

 

“We Barenaked Ladies are really looking forward to rocking out with our friends Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket on the Last Summer on Earth Tour 2022,” added drummer Tyler Stewart. “Don’t miss it, we can’t wait to see y’all out there dancing, singing and partying again. Let’s go Summer, get here quick!!”

This will be the 6th edition of the tour, founded by the band in 2012 – the year that the Mayan calendar predicted would be the last, hence the “Last Summer On Earth”. Barenaked Ladies headline and bring some of their best friends and favorite bands along for a summer of good times, and of course, great music. Past acts include Cracker, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Blues Traveler, Guster, Ben Folds Five, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay, OMD, Howard Jones, Better Than Ezra, and KT Tunstall.

 

Photo Credit: Christie Goodwin

The band recently returned from their successful UK tour, which culminated in a sold out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Louder Than War stated: “BNL have kept crowds coming back due to their sharp, sensitive pop and thrilling, fun live shows.” The audio from that show was recorded and several songs are due to be released next month.

Detour de Force, produced by Juno and Grammy award winners Eric Ratz and Mark Howard, is the band’s broadest reaching and most diverse album to date, fusing the distinct writing voices of Ed Robertson, Kevin Hearn, and Jim Creeggan into a cohesive work. Its 14 tracks include the sonically adventurous “Flip”, the hopeful and infectious “Good Life” (its video features the band playfully navigating their beloved hometown of Toronto), and “New Disaster” (a clever, sardonic comment on our times with an animated, comic book-style video). The album’s stylistic voyage moves from the uptempo fun of “Flat Earth” and country-flavored “Roll Out” to the gentle melodies of “Live Well,” “The National Park,” “God Forbid,” “Man Made Lake” and the sonic roller-coaster of the closer, “Internal Dynamo.” Consequence of Sound described the album as “playful in its structure and crowd-ready hooks while thematically addressing the human condition with acuity.”

The long road to Detour de Force began in early 2020, when BNL convened at Ed Robertson’s lakeside cottage north of Toronto with producer Mark Howard. Inspired by the Fake Nudes Naked acoustic remake of BNL’s last studio album, the idea was “to close ourselves off from the rest of the world,” according to Robertson, “and have no distractions and really capture the sound of a band making music together.” Songs were prepared in the basement rec room and recorded in a make-shift studio in the living room during a productive five weeks. Then, the pandemic hit, which allowed the band to spend time with the songs. After several months, they moved to Noble Street Studios in Toronto and worked with Eric Ratz (Arkells, Big Wreck, Billy Talent) to reimagine the direction of the record.

In addition to making music, BNL have long been active participants in the environmental movement. They are part of REVERB’s Music Climate Revolution, alongside fellow artists, music industry leaders, and fans, with a commitment to reduce their carbon footprint and use their voices to demand climate action.

Over the course of 33 years, the beloved quartet has sold 15 million records worldwide and built up an arsenal of hits including “If I Had $1,000,000,” “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” and “Big Bang Theory Theme.” Widely acknowledged as one of the best live acts on the planet, BNL has hosted a cruise, had its own ice cream flavor, amassed two Grammy nominations, eight Juno Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018. The band recently wrote and recorded “Landed on My Head”, the end title song for HBO’s Super Bob Einstein Movie. As Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart, and Kevin Hearn put it on “Good Life,” “Wasn’t easy but it turned out alright/Wouldn’t trade it for another…You don’t wanna miss this mutha.”

Detour de Force Track List: 01: “Flip”
02: “Good Life”
03: “New Disaster”
04: “Big Back Yard” 05: “Live Well”
06: “Flat Earth”
07: “Here Together” 08: “Roll Out”
09: “Bylaw
10: “God Forbid”
11: “Paul Chambers”
12: “The National Park”
13: “Man Made Lake”
14: “Internal Dynamo”
15: “Way of the Heart” (vinyl-only exclusive bonus track)
***Vinyl is 2 x 180 gram translucent blue 12-inch vinyl with a gatefold album jacket and full color printed inner sleeves. Contains 14 songs plus one bonus track not available anywhere else.

SHOWS ADDED DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND

Today, multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies announce here that due to overwhelming demand, two more shows have been added to the exclusive, not-to-be-missed run of holiday concerts: Hometown Holidays with Barenaked Ladies. The concert run kicks off on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the CAA Theatre including two additional shows Thursday, December 9 and Thursday, December 16. These special performances offer fans a rare chance to see BNL at their finest in an intimate setting, celebrating the season with family and friends of all ages. For tickets, click HERE.

 Says Ed Robertson, “It’s our first residency in our hometown of Toronto since 1990, when we used to play at the Ultrasound Show Bar!”

The majority of the shows will be “Hits for the Holidays” evening performances featuring some of BNL’s biggest hits, holiday fan favourites from Barenaked for the Holidays album, as well as a few other chestnuts. BNL will also perform “Snacktime!” matinee shows for the young (and young-at-heart) filled with beloved songs from BNL’s JUNO-winning Snacktime! Album along with holiday favourites and classic hits. Watch BNL perform a family-fun version of “Snacktime” as part of their popular #SelfieCamJam series here. Watch BNL perform “Green Christmas” from their 2020 A Very Virtual Christmas special here. 

 Evening performances of “Hits for the Holidays” are ages 12 and up. Premium seating will be only available for the new “Hits for the Holidays” shows – December 9 and 16 – which include the best seats in the house plus a full-colour commemorative laminated keepsake ornament to take home. Snacktime! performances are open to all-ages. See below for more information on venue COVID-19 protocols. 

Hometown Holidays with Barenaked Ladies

CAA Theatre

651 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON 

Show times:
“Hits for the Holidays” – 8:00pm ET
“Snacktime!” – 2:00pm ET

 

Show Dates

Thursday, December 2Hits for the Holidays

Friday, December 3  Hits for the Holidays

Saturday, December 4Hits for the Holidays 

Sunday, December 5Snacktime!

Thursday, December 9 Hits for the Holidays**

Friday, December 10Hits for the Holidays

Saturday, December 11Hits for the Holidays

Sunday, December 12 Snacktime!

Thursday, December 16 Hits for the Holidays**

Friday, December 17Hits for the Holidays

Saturday, December 18Hits for the Holidays

Sunday, December 19 Snacktime!

Tuesday, December 21  – Hits for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 22Hits for the Holidays 

Thursday, December 23Hits for the Holidays

 ** – NEW DATES

 Masks are required in the theatre along with full proof of vaccination. Please visit this link for venue information regarding COVID-19 safety measures: https://www.mirvish.com/visit/plan-your-visit/covid-19-safety-measures.

Hometown Holidays with Barenaked Ladies!

Today, multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies announce an exclusive, not-to-be-missed run of holiday concerts: Hometown Holidays with Barenaked Ladies, kicking off Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the CAA Theatre. These special performances offer fans a rare chance to see BNL at their finest in an intimate setting, celebrating the season with family and friends of all ages.

The majority of the shows will be “Hits for the Holidays” evening performances featuring some of BNL’s biggest hits, holiday fan favourites from Barenaked for the Holidays album, as well as a few other chestnuts. BNL will also perform “Snacktime!” matinee shows for the young (and young-at-heart) filled with beloved songs from BNL’s JUNO-winning Snacktime! Album along with holiday favourites and classic hits. Watch BNL perform a family-fun version of “Snacktime” as part of their popular #SelfieCamJam series here. Watch BNL perform “Green Christmas” from their 2020 A Very Virtual Christmas special here.

Evening performances of “Hits for the Holidays” are ages 12 and up. Premium seating will be available for “Hits for the Holidays” shows which include the best seats in the house plus a full-colour commemorative laminated keepsake ornament to take home. Snacktime! performances are open to all-ages. See below for more information on venue COVID-19 protocols.

Presale tickets will be available Thursday, October 28 at 10am EDT to American Express cardholders and Saturday, October 30 at 10am EDT for Barenaked Bytes members, BNL Mailing List Fans, Spotify Fans First, and Mirvish’s presale.  General onsale commences 10:00am EDT on Monday, November 1, 2021. For tickets, visit http://www.mirvish.com/shows/hometown-holidays-barenaked-ladies.

 

Hometown Holidays with Barenaked Ladies

CAA Theatre

651 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

Show times:

“Hits for the Holidays” – 8:00pm ET
“Snacktime!” – 2:00pm ET

 

Show Dates

Thursday, December 2Hits for the Holidays

Friday, December 3  Hits for the Holidays

Saturday, December 4Hits for the Holidays 

Sunday, December 5Snacktime!

 

Friday, December 10Hits for the Holidays

Saturday, December 11Hits for the Holidays

Sunday, December 12 Snacktime!

Friday December, 17Hits for the Holidays

Saturday, December 18Hits for the Holidays

Sunday, December 19Snacktime!

Tuesday, December 21  – Hits for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 22Hits for the Holidays 

Thursday, December 23Hits for the Holidays 

Masks are required in the theatre along with full proof of vaccination. Please visit this link for venue information regarding COVID-19 safety measures: https://www.mirvish.com/visit/plan-your-visit/covid-19-safety-measures.

 

Detour de Force OUT NOW

(July 16, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Today, multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies release their 16th studio album Detour de Force. The eagerly awaited album was produced by JUNO and Grammy award winner Eric Ratz and Mark Howard, and features 14 newly minted tracks including the hopeful and infectious new single “Good Life”. Detour de Force is available on CD and digital formats, along with a limited edition blue double vinyl featuring a bonus track. Stream / purchase Detour de Force HERE. Due to manufacturing and shipping delays related to COVID-19, the in-store date for vinyl for the US has been delayed until August 20th.

The music video for “Good Life” also premieres today. Directed by Edward Pond, the video features the band playfully navigating their beloved hometown of Toronto. “This song is the story of the band and how I feel about the band,” says Ed Robertson. “I’m not living the dream, I’m re-living the dream. I lived the dream twenty years ago; the real dream is that I’m still doing this.” Watch the official video for “Good Life” HERE.

Ed Robertson will be featured on an episode of STROMBO today at 5:00pm ET on Apple Music and the band will be participating in the Twitter Listening Party hosted by Tim Burgess on Monday, July 19th at 2:00pm ET.

Detour de Force is BNL’s most broad-reaching and diverse album to date — fusing the distinct writing voices of Robertson, Hearn and Creeggan into a cohesive work. “Our band is very diverse in what we do,” says Robertson, “and on this record I really enjoyed the exploration. This record is a journey. Taking off one song would tip it in a way we didn’t feel was representative of the record we made. We wanted everything that’s here to be part of the record.”

 Adds Tyler Stewart, “This is some of our strongest material in 30 years, easily. I think it stands up there with our best albums. It hangs with ‘Gordon,’ or it hangs with ‘Maroon.’”

 BNL wasn’t dormant as the world shut down but the pause brought a fresh perspective to where the band wanted Detour de Force to go. “The pandemic really affected the album in an interesting way,” recalls Jim Creeggan, who penned a pair of the Detour de Force songs. “I was getting calls from friends to do remote-based stuff, people asking each other to add something to those projects. So we started reaching out and bringing other things into what we were doing.”

 

“We took several detours de force,” acknowledges Kevin Hearn, “but I think what you get is a beautiful hybrid of a live off-the-floor band, all the way to full-on production numbers.’ It’s kind of reminiscent of ‘Stunt’.”

 “There was a lot that was amazing about recording at the cottage,” recalls Robertson, who wrote songs on his own and with friends Kevin Griffin, Craig Wiseman, Danny Michel and Donovan Woods. “The focus was great. The vibe was great. The hang was great. It was super positive for the band dynamic.”  “It’s a surreal experience to write with someone whose songs you’ve known and admired for what feels like your whole life,” says Donovan Woods about writing with Robertson. “(Ed) and I sat for hours talking about ideas. We ended up with two songs I love so much (“Man Made Lake” and “God Forbid”) that I had to record them, too. Hearing BNL’s versions was another surreal moment. It’s an honor to have a small credit in such an amazing catalogue.”

 Detour de Force Tracklist

  1. Flip
  2. Good Life
  3. New Disaster
  4. Big Back Yard
  5. Live Well
  6. Flat Earth
  7. Here Together
  8. Roll Out
  9. Bylaw
  10. God Forbid
  11. Paul Chambers
  12. The National Park
  13. Man Made Lake
  14. Internal Dynamo
  15. Way Of The Heart (Vinyl-only exclusive bonus track)

Coming up, Barenaked Ladies are getting back to work, with a run of one-off shows, starting with their first show in seventeen months next weekend on July 24th at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Whitehall Station, New Jersey. BNL will tour the UK in March and will bring the Last Summer on Earth tour to North America in June of 2022.  

Barenaked Ladies are also proud to announce a commitment to REVERB’s Music Climate Revolution. Joining other touring artists, music industry leaders, and fans, they are making an ongoing and increasing commitment to reduce their carbon footprint, support carbon-fighting projects, and use their voice to demand climate action. Barenaked Ladies have long been an active participant in the environmental movement in music, as the first artist to work with REVERB, in 2004. More at musicclimaterevolution.org.

Over the course of 33 years, the beloved quartet has sold 15 million records worldwide and built up an arsenal of hits such as “If I Had $1,000,000”, “One Week”, “Pinch Me” and “The Big Bang Theory Theme.” Widely acknowledged as one of the best live acts on the planet, BNL has hosted a cruise, had its own ice cream flavor, amassed eight JUNO Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018. As Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart and Kevin Hearn put it on ‘Good Life,’ “Wasn’t easy but it turned out alright/Wouldn’t trade it for another…You don’t wanna miss this mutha.” 

Barenaked Ladies announce new album Detour de Force out July 16, 2021

 

Today, multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies announce their 16th studio album Detour de Force will be released on July 16, 2021. Produced by JUNO and Grammy award winner Eric Ratz and Mark Howard, the eagerly awaited album features 14 newly minted tracks including “Flip”, the buoyant and sonically adventurous debut single and BNL’s first new music in four years. Detour de Force is available to pre-order starting today HERE and is available on CD and digital formats, along with a limited edition blue double vinyl featuring a bonus track. See below for a full tracklist.

Along with the announcement, the band has released a driving, and topical pop-rock gem titled “New Disaster”. Says Ed Robertson, “’New Disaster’ is about the distraction of modern politics coupled with the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle. It seemed like the Nostradamus predictions of new disasters were getting worse and worse, even after we recorded the song.” The official music video for will be released on June 11.

Detour de Force is BNL at its most ambitious, accomplished, intricate, intentional — and, in some ways, circumstantial. Its gestation was long and exacerbated (as so many things have been) by the global pandemic. The good news is that it’s BNL’s most broad-reaching and diverse work to date — fusing the distinct writing voices of Robertson, Hearn and Creeggan into a cohesive work from the stand-out tracks “Flip”, “New Disaster”, and “Good Life”, to the uptempo fun of “Flat Earth”, the playful and country-flavoured “Roll Out” to the gentle melodics of “Live Well”, “The National Park”, “God Forbid” and “Man Made Lake” to the sonic roller coaster of the album-closing “Internal Dynamo”.

The depth goes beyond sonics throughout the album. Though there’s certainly the verbal playfulness and whimsy that’s part of BNL’s stock in trade, many of the songs have a reflective and philosophical, sometimes topical, underpinning that’s also long been part of the BNL makeup.

“We’ve always liked that our band is very diverse in what we do,” says Robertson, “and on this record I really enjoyed the exploration. This record is a journey. Taking off one song would tip it in a way we didn’t feel was representative of the record we made. We wanted everything that’s here to be part of the record.”

Adds Tyler Stewart, “This is some of our strongest material in 30 years, easily. I think it stands up there with our best albums. It hangs with ‘Gordon,’ or it hangs with ‘Maroon.’

BNL wasn’t dormant as the world shut down — evidence the group’s spirited “Selfie Cam Jam” series and Robertson’s weekly Friday livestreams online, both for charity, as well as a pair of virtual concerts. But the pause brought a fresh perspective to where the band wanted Detour de Force to go.

“The pandemic really affected the album in an interesting way,” recalls Jim Creeggan, who penned a pair of the Detour de Force songs. “I was getting calls from friends to do remote-based stuff, people asking each other to add something to those projects. So we started reaching out and bringing other things into what we were doing.”

“We took several detours de force,” acknowledges Kevin Hearn, “but I think what you get is a beautiful hybrid of a live off-the-floor band, all the way to full-on production numbers.’ It’s kind of reminiscent of ‘Stunt’.”

“There was a lot that was amazing about recording at the cottage,” recalls Robertson, who wrote songs on his own and with friends Kevin Griffin, Craig Wiseman, Donovan Woods and Danny Michel. “The focus was great. The vibe was great. The hang was great. It was super positive for the band dynamic.”  Virtual guests were also invited, including original BNL keyboardist Andy Creeggan (Jim’s brother), all-star singer and bassist Fernando Saunders and MOOG bass pedals borrowed from Rush’s Geddy Lee even make an appearance.

Filmed and edited by Edward Pond, the band has released a Detour de Force teaser that captures the making of the album – from the snowy cold of northern Ontario in a make-shift recording studio in Robertson’s living room with Mark Howard, completing the album with the inimitable Eric Ratz at Noble Street Studios in Toronto. Watch it here.

Barenaked Ladies rescheduled their extensive Last Summer On Earth tour to 2022. All previously purchased tickets and VIP packages will remain valid for 2022. Check the routing and contact the original point of purchase for any questions.

Over the course of 33 years, the beloved quartet has sold 15 million records worldwide and built up an arsenal of hits such as “If I Had $1,000,000,” “One Week,” “Pinch Me” and “The Big Bang Theory Theme.” Widely acknowledged as one of the best live acts on the planet, BNL has hosted a cruise, had its own ice cream flavor, amassed eight JUNO Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018. As Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart and Kevin Hearn put it on ‘Detour de Force,’ “Wasn’t easy but it turned out alright/Wouldn’t trade it for another…You don’t wanna miss this mutha.”

Detour de Force Tracklist

  1. Flip
  2. Good Life
  3. New Disaster
  4. Big Back Yard
  5. Live Well
  6. Flat Earth
  7. Here Together
  8. Roll Out
  9. Bylaw
  10. God Forbid
  11. Paul Chambers
  12. The National Park
  13. Man Made Lake
  14. Internal Dynamo
  15. Way Of The Heart (Vinyl-only exclusive bonus track)

 

BNL Releases “Flip”, First New Music in Four Years

Today, multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies release the upbeat new single and

video “Flip”, their first new music in four years from BNL’s upcoming 16th studio album Detour de Force. The band is set to perform the new single Friday, April 16th on the Today Show. This will be followed by the band’s global streaming event Flip n’ Hits with BNL: A Night of Monster Jams of PandemicProportions, to air on Saturday, April 17 at 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT with an encore on Sunday, April 18 at 8pm GMT. The show will be 60 minutes of their greatest hits, including “Flip”. Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall will appear as a very special guest.

The recording of “Flip” has been a major journey for Barenaked Ladies. Originally the group began work on new music before the pandemic, but quarantine forced them out of the studio and into their respective homes. The last year has been one of major changes and “flips” for the world, and the new music reflects that. At first listen, “Flip” is an upbeat trademark Barenaked Ladies classic filled with new sparks and fresh flavor. However, with further inspection, listeners will note its nuanced take on the human psyche, conflicts in our communities, and the many ‘flips’ that have occurred all over the world during this last year. The stop-motion animated video, created using original paper models and directed by Stefano Bertelli, follows the band on a colorful pop-up book journey through an amusement park full of surprises.

In an interview with Consequence of Sound, lead vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson explains, “’Flip’ is about being open to other perspectives. We live in a time where people seem to just dig deeper into their own trenches, without any willingness to see another viewpoint, or even engage in discussion… It’s all yelling, and no listening. I like that saying, ‘We were given one mouth, and two ears, and we’re supposed to use them proportionately!’”

Stream / purchase “Flip” HERE | Watch the creative, stop-motion animation video for “Flip” HERE

 

BNL Coloring Page

 

Whether you dream in color or black in white, there’s a BNL coloring page for you! All skill levels welcome; you don’t need to memorize every pencil crayon color in the box. Grab this holiday coloring sheet by clicking the link >> DOWNLOAD HERE