Barenaked Ladies Paint Broad Picture On New Album ‘Fake Nudes’

Written by Pernille Bogø Jørgensen

The Toronto rock-band, Barenaked Ladies, are best known for the theme-song to the hit-tv-series The Big Bang Theory and the hit single One Week. Currently, the band are touring in Canada to present their new album, Fake Nudes, as well as celebrate 150 years of Canada as a state on their simultaneous 1five0-tour.

In 2018, the Fake Nudes tour will go international with one show in New Orleans and 9 in the UK, starting in Glasgow and finishing off in London. Like their songs, their performances are known for being funny and full of spontaneous rap and joking around so there is something to look forward to for their UK shows this April.

Prior to the launch 17th November 2017, four singles have been released on Spotify and they set the tone for an optimistic and upbeat album. These are the first four tracks on the album and they have the tempo and enthusiasm we usually associate with Barenaked Ladies.

Bringing It Home reflects on success achieved through a series of unpredictable steps, no fairytale, no underdog story and no roadmap for where they wanted to go. It tells the story of the band’s success as they experienced it over 30 years, but it could also be used for a sports team as a rally song.

Lookin Up is about being optimistic and seeing the best in things, a statement that is needed in the current political world climate where the news often focus on negative stories and exaggerated fear. Frontman, Ed Robertson said to Billboard that he thinks it is important to have a broader perspective than the unrealistic narrative portrayed by the media: ”I’m’na see the donut, you can see the hole”

The mood changes after the first four songs with Sunshine, which is a melancholic tune about lost love accompanied by a poetic text. A couple of the songs that follow, give a feel of floating through the air, in a dreamlike mood but continuing to convey optimism. Even though love is lost in Sunshine, there is hope for a happy future. The rest of the album alternate between this type and tracks that are a little more up-beat, some with a classic rock feel, others with inspiration from genres as diverse as Bluegrass and Hip-Hop – although not in the same songs (thankfully).

Singer and guitarist, Ed Robertson, who has co-written 7 of the songs on the album, said that this album was easy to write because they had so much material, they could just take it easy and enjoy the process. This does come across as a laid-back, happy feel throughout the album and Barenaked Ladies fans won’t be disappointed with this one.

The album comes on the 17th November, so keep warm with their current single below?

Photo Credit: Matt Barnes

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