First listen: Nickelback's new album

2011-11-16 13:03
Nickelback are back with their seventh studio album Here and Now and Channel24 are offering fans an exclusive pre-listen before the album officially drops on Monday.

Nickelback have uncorked Here and Now with a double-shot of kickoff singles that toasts the band's enduring potency: Bottoms Up, a paean to unlimited libations crafted with unmistakable Nickelback hooks and epic chorus, fueled even further by Ryan Peake's blistering guitar, Daniel Adair's thunderous drumming and Kroeger's commanding vocals as the song's raucous ringleader.

Serving as an equally vibrant mixer is Nickelback's other lead single When We Stand Together, a decidedly up-tempo anthem that underscores the social conscience still beating in the hearts of those small-town boys from Hanna, Alberta. The track belies the more serious underpinnings of lyrics challenging societal apathy as Kroeger sings: "One more depending on a prayer / And we all look away / People pretending everywhere / It's just another day / There's bullets flying through the air / And they still carry on / We watch it happen over there / And then just turn it off."

WATCH: The video of When We Stand Together

It's a recurring theme that surfaces over the many Nickelback albums - from previous hits like If Everyone Cared to If Today Was Your Last Day - that Kroeger sees as a way of raising public consciousness, even if in small doses. Not one to commandeer a soapbox, Kroeger is earnest when he explains the genesis of When We Stand Together that "we can bring awareness to the fact that we can make the world a better place if we actually just stood together and acted as one world, instead of acting as so many different countries with their own agendas."

"It's just so easy for us to see things unfold on TV and then just change the channel," Kroeger continues. "I wanted to draw attention to a couple things in a general sense that might hopefully resonate. And regardless of how 'pop' sounding it may be, I felt the lyrics of  When We Stand Together just carried such weight that I needed to offset it with a lighter musical sound. And I think it turned into this really cool balance."

Here and Now's 11 tracks grew organically, according to Peake. "It wasn't calculated at all," he says. "That's why this album is really across the board - from heavy rock and pop-sounding songs, to lighter, more middle-of-the-road songs. We brought a lot of ideas to the table and sussed them out until we were all happy.

"So as long as people want to hear us play, then we'll just keep going," Kroeger states. "And until that day comes, this is the absolute best gig in the world and we'll just keep rolling with the punches."

Listen to Nickelback’s brand new album Here and Now on the player below:

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