Today, multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies release the upbeat new single and video “Flip“, their first new music in four years from BNL’s upcoming 16th studio album Detour de Force. The band is set to perform the new single Friday, April 16th on the Today Show in the US. This will be followed by the band’s global streaming event Flip n’ Hits with BNL: A Night of Monster Jams of Pandemic Proportions, to air on Saturday, April 17 at 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT with a UK encore show on Sunday, April 18 at 8pm GMT. The show will be 60 minutes of their greatest hits, including “Flip”. Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall will appear as a very special guest.
The recording of “Flip” has been a major journey for Barenaked Ladies. Originally the group began work on new music before the pandemic, but quarantine forced them out of the studio and into their respective homes. The last year has been one of major changes and “flips” for the world, and the new music reflects that. At first listen, “Flip” is an upbeat trademark Barenaked Ladies classic filled with new sparks and fresh flavor. However, with further inspection, listeners will note its nuanced take on the human psyche, conflicts in our communities, and the many ‘flips’ that have occurred all over the world during this last year. The stop-motion animated video, created using original paper models and directed by Stefano Bertelli, follows the band on a colorful pop-up book journey through an amusement park full of surprises.
In an interview with Consequence of Sound, lead vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson explains, “‘Flip’ is about being open to other perspectives. We live in a time where people seem to just dig deeper into their own trenches, without any willingness to see another viewpoint, or even engage in discussion… It’s all yelling, and no listening. I like that saying, ‘We were given one mouth, and two ears, and we’re supposed to use them proportionately!'”
In the meantime, Barenaked Ladies have pre-recorded a safe and secure livestream concert event for their fans to air this weekend. For Flip n’ Hits with BNL, the band returned to the historic Danforth Music Hall in Toronto for the first time in 30 years. The concert will stream at posted show times and will not be available to view after the event. Hosted by SESSIONS, tickets start at $15 USD and ticket bundles with exclusive commemorative merchandise are available to purchase HERE. As part of the bundle options, the band will be participating in a post-show virtual Q&A.
Get ready for a concert jam-packed with the favorites, including “One Week,” which has been featured on late night TV for Jimmy Fallon’s song about Biden on The Tonight Show, and for Colbert’s rendition “It’s Been One Year Since I’ve Been Outside.” Reminisce with “Pinch Me.” Dream big with “If I Had $1,000,000.” Get cozy with the TV for the catchy and unforgettable “Big Bang Theory Theme,” and so many other musical treasures.
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