All In: Barenaked Ladies Share Good Times

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bnladies1 All In: Barenaked Ladies Share Good TimesHaving reached the double decade mark of their career, the members of [lastfm]Barenaked Ladies[/lastfm] have issued their 11th album, the aptly named All in Good Time. Clearly this Canadian juggernaut has already had more than its fair share of professional good times, but these boys aren’t about to rest on their laurels. Twenty years in, these guys are just getting started, turning the Page on one chapter of their career, and looking forward to lots more good times to come.

All Four One…: Pun intended, a stripped down Barenaked Ladies entered the studio to record All in Good Time. Now a four-piece group following the departure of co-vocalist Steven Page, the Toronto unit found itself freer to find and fill musical pockets heretofore unexplored. “There was a little more room for people to breathe on this record,” says guitarist/vocalist Ed Robertson. “It’s more rocking in places and it stretches out and becomes more spacious in others.” Now a more tight-knit outfit – literally, Robertson says the recording process was more relaxed. “It was a really good feeling in the studio, with everyone very comfortable together and [producer] Michael [Phillip Wojewoda] at the helm.”

The good times for Barenaked Ladies began in 1988 with school chums Robertson and Page performing as a duo. The lineup had grown to five by the time the band was ready to release its debut 5-song EP, The Yellow Tape. Soon, the group would explode, unleashing multi-platinum after multi-platinum albums such as Gordon, Rock Spectacle, Stunt, and Maroon. Eight Juno Awards, multiple Grammy nods, and over 14 million albums later, the band is now synonymous with being on top of the charts and selling out arenas across North America and beyond.

Robertson reflects on the not-so good times that immediately preceded the writing sessions for the new album and how he drew from negative experiences when penning the 14 tracks found on All in Good Time. “The writing was cathartic for me in a way that writing hadn’t been since the early nineties. It had been a huge and often dark year: an arrest, a plane crash and the death of my mother.” And what of not having Page, his writing partner of 20 years, at his side? “It lasted 20 years, but it was time to move on. Now we’re doing something that sounds really fresh and exciting to me.”

Evidence of his excitement and some of the darkness that fueled songwriting can be heard on tracks like “Every Subway Car,” “Four Seconds,” “Summertime,” “I Have Learned,” and the current single “You Run Away,” among others. So in a way, the worst of times cleared a path towards the best of times for a band with renewed determination to well, band together. As drummer Tyler Stewart says, “Right now it feels really really good to be in Barenaked Ladies.”

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As A Matter of Fact…

* The members of Barenaked Ladies include Ed Robertson (vocals, guitar), Jim Creeggan (bass, vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboards, guitar, vocals), and Tyler Stewart (drums, vocals).

* Barenaked Ladies formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

* The band got its name when Robertson and Page, bored at a Bob Dylan concert, began making up band names; one of which was Barenaked Ladies.

* Currently on tour in Canada, the band begins a run of U.S. shows May 8 in Atlantic City.

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