Barenaked Ladies

(Toronto, ON) 
http://www.BarenakedLadies.com/splash/


It’s possible that the Barenaked Ladies are currently the best-known Canadian band in the world. Never mind the slew of blockbuster hit songs over the years, from “If I Had $1,000,000” to “Pinch Me” to “One Week” to “Brian Wilson” (the list goes on); they have also been on everybody’s lips on a weekly basis with the theme song to the syndicated television show Big Bang Theory for the past ten years or so. Nearly every album they’ve released since 1988 has been successful, and the band has survived and thrived despite multiple membership shake-ups, including, improbably, the departure of one of the core songwriters.

Often bands who have sustained success at this level over such a long period of time do so by relying on touring and rehashing their early hits, but not so BNL. A band known for its adventuresome and early-adopter tendencies, BNL remains unafraid to scout new territory, whether it’s the many technological options for  recording and releasing music, to projects like the space-to-earth musical collaboration involving the band and astronaut Chris Hadfield, along with the Wexford Gleeks, a Canadian student choir. commissioned by the CBC and the Canadian Space Agency. They recently recorded with NYC a capella group The Persuasions, and are currently working on their next studio album.

Above all, the lads from BNL appear—despite all the usual aging pains of conflict and illness, addictions and relationship changes—to have maintained their irrepressible senses of humour. Nearly 30 years on, BNL’s music still delivers lyrics that move between witty and poignant, with gorgeous harmonies and a loose, unaffected and at times comedy-improv stage show that makes their music as fresh and appealing as it was when they first started.

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