Barenaked Ladies on longevity, Geddy Lee, and why Canadians are funny

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“We’ve never been easy to explain,” says Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson. “But that’s made it very free for us to do whatever we do.” 

Detour De Force, the band’s latest album, continues their category-defying blend of goofy humour, catchy tunes and deft musicianship, with singles like Flip and New Disaster commenting playfully on contemporary issues.

We caught up with Robertson at his home outside Toronto, surrounded by guitars and his collection of vintage pinball machines.

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What does the Detour De Force record mean to you? We made a record we felt strongly about, a tour de force. But Detour De Force was a great play on words, for the detour that everybody had to take through the pandemic and lockdown. 

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