Over the course of their remarkable career, Barenaked Ladies have written a variety of top 20 hits (including radio staples “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “If I Had $1,000,000”), garnered two GRAMMY nominations, won eight JUNO Awards, had Ben & Jerry’s name an ice cream after them, wrote and recorded the theme song to the TV series The Big Bang Theory, and participated in the first-ever “space-to-earth musical collaboration” with astronaut Chris Hadfield. The band has also been inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and received a proclamation from Toronto Mayor John Tory declaring October 1st “Barenaked Ladies Day.” They are currently working on a new album, which will be their 16th studio album.
Detour de Force
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. 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.”
On June 3rd , the band will release a digital-only Deluxe Edition of Detour de Force, which includes all 14 tracks from the original album, plus three live songs (recorded at their recent sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall), giving fans an opportunity to hear the band’s stage renditions before they hit the road this summer. Also included on this edition will be the bonus track “Way of the Heart” (previously available as a vinyl-only album track), bringing the total to 18 songs on the Deluxe.
Over the course of 33 years, the Toronto 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, won 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".