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Barenaked Ladies to Celebrate 25th Anniversary with New Album 'Grinning Streak' out June 4th.
May 10 2013

BARENAKED LADIES TO CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW ALBUM GRINNING STREAK
ALBUM OUT JUNE 4TH AND AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW FROM THE BANDS WEBSITE AND iTUNES
BAND TEAMING WITH BEN FOLDS FIVE AND GUSTER FOR 2013 âLAST SUMMER ON EARTH TOURâ
TOUR LAUNCHES JUNE 17 IN DALLAS



Multi-platinum pop group BARENAKED LADIES are celebrating their 25th anniversary in grand style: they just released a lyric video for âBoomerang,â the lead single off their new album GRINNING STREAK (out June 4thâalbum art attached) and are gearing up for this yearâs much-anticipated âLast Summer On Earth Tour.â
LSOE 13 sees the Ladies (guitarist/vocalist Ed Robertson, bassist/vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist/vocalist Kevin Hearn and drummer/vocalist Tyler Stewart) teaming with Ben Folds Five and Guster for a hot-ticket roadshow that kicks off June 17th at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, TX, and will hit 30 arenas and amphitheaters across North America (tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com and full itinerary is below). Those who purchase tickets for âThe Last Summer On Earth 2013â will receive a voucher for a download of GRINNING STREAK.
GRINNING STEAK is available for pre-order now at www.barenakedladies.com. Fans who order from the bands website can also receive special limited edition 25th anniversary collectible merch, including commemorative handmade hockey jerseys, t-shirts and posters. Additionally, a 16 track Deluxe version of the album is also available for pre-order exclusively at iTunes http://bit.ly/10np3db

Led by âBoomerang,â the songs on GRINNING STREAK unfold with the blend of immediacy, tunefulness and witty sophistication that made such BNL hits as âPinch Me, âBrian Wilson,â âIf I Had $1,000,000â and the chart-topping âOne Weekâ modern-day classics. âPop is a form that I loveâit can be high-energy and intricate,â says Robertson of the genre the band has championed throughout the last quarter century. âWhen I think of pop music, I think of the Cars and Squeezeâinteresting melodic rock is what I gravitate toward and what Iâm always striving for. I want guitar-heavy pop/rock thatâs intelligent, evocative and thought-provoking. I want it to be singable and relatable, and I want there to be other layers in there for the people who want to go deeperâbecause not everybody does. Iâve heard so many times, âI love you guys âcause your songs are just fun and easygoing.â And Iâm like, âIâm glad you enjoy them, but thereâs a dark underbelly that you havenât mined.ââ

Indeed, thereâs much more to the Barenaked Ladies than initially meets the ear. Suck on the candy-coated surfaces of Robertsonâs songs long enough and you never know what youâll encounter in their âemotional centers,â as Robertson puts it.
He wrestled with the songs for the new album over an extended period as he plumbed the depths of his psyche in search of just those emotional centers. Along the way, Robertson experienced periods of stress, though not to the degree heâd endured while writing the material for the bandâs previous studio album, 2010âs All in Good Time. That one was their first project following the departure of Steven Page, whoâd founded the band with Robertson in 1988, reconfiguring the BNL as a four-piece.

âThis is the second record since all of that turmoil,â Robertson notes, âbut itâs still a part of what weâre going through and what informs who we are. On the last record, there were some songs that were directly about the band split, but this record is much more 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 and healing with these songs. âOff His Head,â for example, is about pushing through difficulty. Thereâs a double chorus at the end that I flipped, because I didnât want it to end with, âWishing you were dead.â Thatâs part of being exasperated and at your witâs end. But what I like about this song is that it says you just do it. You think itâs hopeless, but thereâs a reason youâre pushing through it. The song says you can let all these things ruin you, or you can take it on the chin and stand up again.â

âBoomerangâ metaphorically examines the aftermath of a breakup, but on a deeper level it recounts an impassioned interior dialogue. âItâs a really personal song that says, âYou can be done with me, but Iâm not done with you,ââ Robertson explains. âFor me, itâs about feeling relevantâbecause, as I started to approach this record, there was a period where I felt like I didnât know what to say and I didnât know who cared. But then I realized, yâknow, I care. I like what I do, Iâm a good songwriter and Iâm gonna writeâIâm gonna express things. So that song is about getting your confidence backâor, as one of my colleagues would say, getting your swagger back.â
Donât miss your chance to see the band performing âBoomerangâ and setlist packed with surprises and fan favorites.

June 17 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre
June 19 Denver, CO Red Rocks
June 20 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amp
June 22 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
June 23 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
June 25 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery â
June 26 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery â
June 28 Boise, ID Botanical Gardens
June 29 Seattle, WA White River Amp
June 30 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewing Company
July 3 Fargo, ND Newman Field ââ
July 5 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
July 6 Cincinnati, OH (Venue TBA March 29)
July 8 Lansing, MI Commonground Festival
July 9 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion â
July 11 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 12 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 13 Nashville, TN The Woods at Fontanel
July 15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 16 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion â
July 18 Philadelphia, PA Mann Music Ctr
July 19 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 20 Holmdel, NJ PNC
July 21 Bangor, ME Waterfront Park
July 23 Lenox, MA Tanglewood
July 25 Charlotte, NC T W Cable Uptown Amp
July 26 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amp
July 27 Charleston, SC Family Circle Stadium
July 28 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheatre
July 30 Brooklyn, NY Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell

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