Barenaked Ladies mark 25th Anniversary with ‘Grinning Streak’

Grammy nominated Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies (BNL) are celebrating a quarter of a century in the industry the best way they know how: with the release of a new album and a summer tour. ‘Grinning Streak’ is the latest offering from Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart (founding member Steven Page left in 2009, original keyboardist Andy Creeggan called it quits in 1995).

 

Robertson, on the band’s website, had this to say about the album : “This is the second project since all that turmoil (Page’s departure).On the last record, there were some songs that were all about the band’s split ,but this album is all about the emotional rebuilding after that process. Looking back on the maelstrom of all that upheaval, I wanted to convey a sense of hope, reconciliation with these songs. ‘Off the Head’ for example is about pushing through difficulty.”

 

The lead single off the album, ‘Boomerang’ also intimates about the split, and metaphorically examines the aftermath of a breakup. As Roberts explains, “The song basically explains that you can be done with me, but I’m not yet done with you.” The album’s tunes are mostly love songs (such as ‘Best Damn Friend and the super awesome ‘Odds Are’) and feel good tracks (‘Smile’, ‘Did I Say That Out Loud’) and are a bit of the old BNL plus a little something new. The album was released June 4th, and the Ladies are hoping to regain some of that album selling magic they had. Check out the video to ‘Boomerang’ below

 

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