Barenaked Ladies share topical single “New Disaster” | Announce album ‘Detour de Force’ out July 16

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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.”

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Detour de Force Tracklist

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)

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2022 TOUR DATES:

Fri, Jun-03 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Sat, Jun-04 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Sun, Jun-05 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tue, Jun-07 – Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory

Thu, Jun-09 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

Fri, Jun-10 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre

Sat, Jun-11 – Paso Robles, CA – Vino Robles

Thu, Jun-16 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park Amphitheatre

Fri, Jun-17 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield

Sat, Jun-18 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Tue, Jun-21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks

Fri, Jun-24 – Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove @ Harrah’s Council Bluff’s

Sat, Jun-25 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino

Mon, Jun-27 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre

Wed, Jun-29 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

Fri, Jul-01 – Indianapolis, IN – Lawn at White River State Park

Sat, Jul-02 – Cleveland, OH – Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica

Sun, Jul-03 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

Tue, Jul-05 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark – Summer Series

Wed, Jul-06 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage

Fri, Jul-08 – Gilford, NH – Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion

Sat, Jul-09 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

Sun, Jul-10 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion

Tue, Jul-12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met

Wed, Jul-13 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion

Fri, Jul-15 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum

Sat, Jul-16 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre

Sun, Jul-17 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap

Wed, Jul-20 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Amphitheatre

Thu, Jul-21 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage**

** Kim Mitchell, direct support

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