Barenaked Ladies share “New Disaster,” Detour de Force out July 16th – News

Barenaked Ladies share Graphic Novel Illustrated Video, “New Disaster,” Created by Marvel Comics Illustrator Enis Cisic, and Award-Winning Toni Huml

The multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies announced that their 16th studio album, Detour de Force, will be released on July 16, and shared the topical new single ,”New Disaster,” which focuses on the craze and impact of the 24/7 news cycle. They share an animated video for the new single to go alongside the track’s timely subject matter.
 
 
 
The video uses a graphic novel style presentation with comic book visual language to tell the story of the quintessential family unit who are watching the news. The mother and father are hypnotized by the TV screen and the son – by his mobile phone screen. The screens are showing chaos and destruction in the 24-hour news style, with an antagonistic anchorman and aggressive advertising, complete with nods to films like Dr.Strangelove and They Live. However, the little girl sees past the screen and her spell is broken by the music of Barenaked Ladies. She becomes a part of the music and brings that joy back to the living room and liberates the hypnosis of the rest of her family.
 
Ed Robertson (Songwriter, lead singer, guitarist) says of “New Disaster,” “It is about the distraction of modern politics coupled with the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle, which is so sensational, un-vetted and un-researched. It seemed like the Nostradamus predictions of new disaster were getting worse and worse, even after we recorded the song.”
 
The video was created, illustrated and animated by Sarajevo (B&H) based artists Enis Cisic and Toni Huml. Cisic has had his work shown in festivals and galleries internationally, and seen on the pages of Marvel comics. He was the artist behind the award-winning comic book The Secret of Nikola Tesla. Huml has worked on multiple award-winning music videos, animated short forms, and feature film VFX.

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 Consequence premiered “Flip,” a buoyant and sonically adventurous debut single and BNL’s first new music in four years. Detour de Force is available to pre-order HERE and is available on CD and digital formats, along with a limited edition blue double vinyl featuring a bonus track.

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)
 
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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