Barenaked Ladies

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Stage: 
2014 Toshiba Stage
Time: 
4:30 pm
BNL

Among the truths we hold to be self-evident are these: Canadian bands can play their asses off, and they can also bring the funny. No outfit hailing from north of the border embodies these paired virtues more engagingly than the Barenaked Ladies, whose fusion of hooks and yuks has resulted in more than 14 million albums sold, as well as putting myriad fannies in the seats of concert halls and amphitheaters around the world.

On the occasion of the band’s 25th anniversary, BNL—Ed Robertson (guitar/vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass/vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard/guitar/vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums/vocals)—are celebrating with new album GRINNING STREAK. The album, the band's twelfth, is their first in partnership with Vanguard Records after self-releasing their last four efforts.

According to the affable and articulate Robertson, the decision was a no-brainer. “We’ve done the major label thing, we’ve done the other extreme, and it was gratifying that Vanguard was interested in working with the band,” he says. “We like to go with enthusiasm—it’s that simple. We know what we’re capable of, but to have someone working for you and excited about it is really cool.”

The album picks up steam via its hyper-hooky 1st single “Boomerang,” produced by Gavin Brown (The Tragically Hip, Metric), who handled 11 of GRINNING STREAK’s 15 tracks. Another session with Toronto's Howie Beck (Feist, Walk Off The Earth) yielded four album tracks: the buoyant “Who Knew,” the wistful “Smile,” the swirling “Off His Head” and the chugging “Best Damn Friend.” Rounding out the sessions is a Mark Endert (Maroon 5, Train) super-pop re-mix of "Boomerang."


Indeed, the whole of GRINNING STREAK unfolds with the signature blend of immediacy, tunefulness and witty sophistication that made such BNL hits as “Pinch Me, “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000” and the chart-topping “One Week” modern-day classics.