New Studio Album Detour de Force Out Today

Stream / Purchase HERE
Watch the video for new single ‘Good Life’ HERE
UK Tour rescheduled to March 2022
Watch Ed Robertson’s announcement video HERE
Tim Burgess Listening Party for Detour de Force
Monday at 7pm BST

Colorful” – Rolling Stone

“Upbeat, instantly addictive song ‘Flip’ signalled the return of the poptastic Canadians.” – Daily Mirror

“Crisp with the production of the city studio and enlightened with the serenity of the lake cabin…also classically BNL, playful in its structure and crowd-ready hooks while thematically addressing the human condition with acuity.” – Consequence of Sound

Today, multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies release their 16th studio album Detour de Force. The eagerly awaited album features 14 newly minted tracks including the hopeful and infectious new single ‘Good Life’. Detour de Force is available on CD and digital formats now, with the limited edition blue double vinyl featuring a bonus track out 20th August 2021, available for pre-order now.

Stream / purchase Detour de Force HERE.

The music video for ‘Good Life’ also premieres today, which features the band playfully navigating their beloved hometown of Toronto – directed by Edward Pond. “This song is the story of the band and how I feel about the band,” says Ed Robertson. “I’m not living the dream, I’m re-living the dream. I lived the dream twenty years ago; the real dream is that I’m still doing this.”

Watch the official video for ‘Good Life’ HERE.

Ed Robertson will also be featured on an episode of STROMBO today at 10:00pm BST on Apple Music HERE. On Monday at 7pm BST, BNL team up with the legendary Tim Burgess for an esteemed Listening Party for new album Detour de Force, where fans both old and new can take part via Twitter (@LISTENINGPARTY).

Photo credit: Matt Barnes – Download hi-res here
Photographed L-R: Kevin Hearn (keyboards), Ed Robertson (vocals/guitar), Tyler Stewart (drums), Jim Creeggan (bass)

Detour de Force is BNL’s most broad-reaching and diverse album to date — fusing the distinct writing voices of Robertson, Hearn, and Creeggan into a cohesive work. “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 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, Danny Michel and Donovan Woods. “The focus was great. The vibe was great. The hang was great. It was super positive for the band dynamic.”

“It’s a surreal experience to write with someone whose songs you’ve known and admired for what feels like your whole life,” says Donovan Woods about writing with Robertson. “(Ed) and I sat for hours talking about ideas. We ended up with two songs I love so much (“Man Made Lake” and “God Forbid”) that I had to record them, too. Hearing BNL’s versions was another surreal moment. It’s an honour to have a small credit in such an amazing catalogue.”

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 flavour, 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 ‘Good Life,’ “Wasn’t easy but it turned out alright/Wouldn’t trade it for another…You don’t wanna miss this mutha.”

With international travel still so unpredictable at this time, Barenaked Ladies have made the hard decision to reschedule the October 2021 UK tour to March 2022.

“We really can’t wait to get back to the UK and hope this makes it possible,” says Ed Robertson. “We were able to keep all our shows – the only change being Portsmouth, where unfortunately the Pyramid Centre closed, so we’ll now be at the Guildhall.” – watch his announcement video HERE.

All tickets remain valid and refunds will be available at point of purchase.


Tues 15 March – Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
Wed 16 March – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Fri 18 March – Newcastle, Newcastle Uni
Sun 20 March – Portsmouth, Guildhall*
Mon 21 March – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Wed 23 March – Manchester, 02 Ritz
Thurs 24 March – Bath, The Forum
Fri 25 March – Leeds, Beckett University
Sun 27 March – Birmingham, 02 Institute
Mon 28 March – London, Royal Albert Hall**

*New venue in Portsmouth as Pyramids closed
** KT Tunstall direct support