Nickelback Party Hard, Get Deep On 'Here And Now'

Band's November 21 album kicks off with two wildly different singles, "When We Stand Together" and "Bottoms Up".

Nickelback Party Hard, Get Deep On 'Here And Now'
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Late last month, ahead of the release of their "Here And Now" album, Nickelback premiered a pair of singles - the pro-social "When We Stand Together" and the pro-party "Bottoms Up" - which seem to have only one thing in common: Nickelback wrote both of them. After all, one's a positively massive power ballad with lyrics like "Hand in hand forever/ That's when we all win", and the other is, well, basically about drinking every substance under the sun, a list that includes, but is not limited to: Jim Beam, Jack Daniel's, Black-Tooth Grins - Dimebag certainly would've approved - and, of course, "straight gasoline". You can probably guess which is which. But if you think "Stand Together" and "Bottoms Up" represent a Nickelback veering in two wildly dissimilar directions, well, just wait until you hear the rest of Here and Now, as the band told MTV News earlier this week. "I mean, it's not 'Dark Side Of The Moon' or 'The Wall' or something; it doesn't have this theme. It's more all over the map than those two [songs], for sure," frontman Chad Kroeger explained. "Because, when you play a Nickelback show, I mean, there is every range of person that you could possibly imagine on the face of the earth [in the audience], and you couldn't peg one on the street to save your life. I think we can all pick out a Slipknot fan, but it's tough to pick out a Nickelback fan, because they're all so different." And that was the challenge presented to the band on Now, which contains a whole lot of party-ready chuggers, plus a couple more, uh, conscious tunes, too. But though you'd think penning songs about global suffering would be tough for Kroeger and Co., well, you'd be wrong. Because, quite frankly, it's writing the hard-charging, harder-drinking numbers that keeps the band up at night. After all, partying is something they take pretty seriously over at Nickelback H.Q. "It's a drinking anthem. I mean, it's harder to write those songs than it is to write those social-awareness type songs, it really is," Kroeger admitted. "Because for us, they've got to be good. Some of the stuff's got to be a little tongue-in-cheek, there's got to be some clever stuff there, you know, and you've got to be descriptive. But when you get done listening to it, you need to have the feeling of just wanting to grab a bottle of Jack. And I think we got there, because we'd bring friends over all the time and it was just like, 'You are now a test subject! Hit play; turn it up nice and loud.' And the song's over and they'd be like, 'I want to drink. I want to drink something right now.' And we were like 'Yes!'" Thanks for the report to MTV.com.

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    Pagan_Poetry
    "It's a drinking anthem." I think drinking anthems are songs you get drunk to and have a blast singing, not songs you have to be drunk to be able to tolerate.
    MegaGreg
    Is there still a speculation on what the hell is on Joey's head? That's just all I care about Nickelback.
    threedaysgrace9
    Nothing new. As long as this album has drinking, sex, and ballads, it'll be undeniably a Nickelback album. It has to have those three variations because that's all they know. This article could've just as easily been written about any of their albums.
    Battman1993
    I like Nickelback but seriously guys can you write about something other than love, ****ing and drinking? You're so jaded and rich it's not even funny anymore.
    djc707
    "I mean, it's not 'Dark Side Of The Moon' or 'The Wall' or something; it doesn't have this theme." You're damn right it's not.
    Pagan_Poetry
    stndrdprcdre wrote: What annoys me the most about this band is that the singer is a Canadian trying to sing with a hick drawl.
    You've never met a Canadian hick then. =P And that is a VERY good thing.
    lefty311
    These guys have become caricatures of themselves. They're such douches. Good for them though, people buy their records and they sell out venues. They're doing something right, even if it is garbage.
    TheHawkdaddy
    AcdcTXfan wrote: And I know there's a lot of people that don't like Nickelback, and I honestly can't figure out why. But like em or not, if you don't at least like the song "Photograph," then there's something wrong.
    There is something wrong with not liking bland, derivative, and mediocre music?
    Breakingpoint56
    Iliekgitaz wrote: Heres the problem I have with Nickelback Their music is like a person living a double life. Hey let me be a spiritual person one day and get s**tfaced another day!
    Thats everybody. You're just being hypercritical cause its nickelback. What I'm surprised nobody has said shit about yet, is his comment about picking out a slipknot fan. Tell me that isn't stereotypical and douchey.
    Maggot66
    "I think we can all pick out a Slipknot fan." Oh, piss off. Just because you like Slipknot doesn't mean you look the same as someone else that does.
    dsteff
    its pretty easy to pick out a nickelback fan....go to a party and find the biggest douce bag that presents himself
    Amuro Jay
    Crispy2010 wrote: If your not interested or dont like nickelback, why would you take time out of your 'busy' lives to read the article and comment on them? Morons...
    Well, most of the people you describe don't even read the article, so I guess that makes it a little easier.
    mhb
    you guys miss the whole point of nickelback. nickelback has found the formula to print money. that's what they do. they print money legally by playin' music that is radio friendly and makes college girls wanna dry hump on the dance floor at the local bar. they are geniuses just because of that. the music is blatantly simple for blatantly obvious reasons. nickelback was not created by a record company for art. just remember that.
    Korgull
    It's tough to pick out a Nickelback fan because there's only 1 out of ever 1000 people. (Thankfully) Yeah. You can tell who is a Slipknot fan, though. They're usually little kids who don't know a thing about music, and think it's Metal, or greasy 20-somethings who like to sleep with the aforementioned little kids because they haven't matured mentally.
    BenAffleck
    AcdcTXfan wrote: And I know there's a lot of people that don't like Nickelback, and I honestly can't figure out why. But like em or not, if you don't at least like the song "Photograph," then there's something wrong.
    Yeah, I have this condition where shitty music grinds my nerves like nothing else.
    snaaake
    I heard "Bottoms Up" on the radio while I was drunk. I did not enjoy it.
    Air_Stryker
    To be brutally honest, I don't think there are many Nickelback songs that I don't like. They're not one of my absolute favourite bands, but despite all the abuse I'm leaving myself open for, I'll gladly admit that I quite like them. =)
    stndrdprcdre
    What annoys me the most about this band is that the singer is a Canadian trying to sing with a hick drawl.
    Jasonbts
    The album looks like it's going to be "Dark Horse Part 2", but.. I don't care. I'll still pick the album up. I'll admit I'm still a huge Nickelback fan.
    limpidgreen345
    They play Nickelback songs on the local modern rock station, two local variety stations, the local lite rock station, the local classic rock station, and the local pop station.
    Cheeseman Jay
    Nickleback used to be my favourite band. Silver Side Up and For All The Right Reasosn were fantastic albums. Drak Horse was just... I dunno. It lacked the awesome edge of the other two. I'll listen to this, but I'm not expecting great things, to be honest.
    Smokinjoerules1
    dsteff wrote: its pretty easy to pick out a nickelback fan....go to a party and find the biggest douce bag that presents himself
    Wow...how judgemental and narrow-minded sir. You'll find Nickelback fans don't JUST worship Nickelback, they like other bands too...idiot.
    Slaytan666
    The reason you can't pick a Nickelback fan out of a crowd is because people who listen to them are generally clueless to music, and have other people (radio, for example) tell them what is good music. They're mostly fairweather fans with little opinion or insight of their own. Just like the dog at the back of the pack, they don't know where they're going, they're just following a**holes.
    Crispy2010
    If your not interested or dont like nickelback, why would you take time out of your 'busy' lives to read the article and comment on them? Morons...
    Iliekgitaz
    Heres the problem I have with Nickelback Their music is like a person living a double life. Hey let me be a spiritual person one day and get s**tfaced another day!
    AcdcTXfan
    Battman1993 wrote: I like Nickelback but seriously guys can you write about something other than love, ****ing and drinking? You're so jaded and rich it's not even funny anymore.
    Then listen to a different band. Every band has their own style. Me, personally, I love Nickelback. That's a band I listen to for fun, when I'm driving, about to play a sport, or something wired up to the sort. If I want to hear love songs or something more chill, I'll listen to a different band.
    bambi_slaughter
    stndrdprcdre wrote: What annoys me the most about this band is that the singer is a Canadian trying to sing with a hick drawl.
    You have clearly never been to western Canada...
    Iliekgitaz
    Breakingpoint56 wrote: Iliekgitaz wrote: Heres the problem I have with Nickelback Their music is like a person living a double life. Hey let me be a spiritual person one day and get s**tfaced another day! Thats everybody. You're just being hypercritical cause its nickelback. What I'm surprised nobody has said shit about yet, is his comment about picking out a slipknot fan. Tell me that isn't stereotypical and douchey.
    Nah.. you're right.. Honestly though what I'm REALLY trying to say is none of their albums have a straightforward message. They stand on a topic on one song and just do something completely different the next. I guess thats just how cooperate rock bands are.
    tormentedbyu
    Korgull wrote: It's tough to pick out a Nickelback fan because there's only 1 out of ever 1000 people. (Thankfully) Yeah. You can tell who is a Slipknot fan, though. They're usually little kids who don't know a thing about music, and think it's Metal, or greasy 20-somethings who like to sleep with the aforementioned little kids because they haven't matured mentally.
    Wow. Spot on. lol
    GunsNSnakepits
    I used to listen to The Long Road and Silver Side Up non stop. They were pretty awesome considering I've moved on. But this new shit... it's worse than Metallica's thirst for money.
    headbang123
    Where is the orgionality!? I mean shit EVERYONE does some drop B# tuned song about drinking and doing drugs. And these guys have done it on all their ****ing albums. Then they go trying to make themselves all "family appriate" and whatnot by putting out some sappy piece of shit about their "vision" for the world or how they found their girlfriend in high school or something. Where's the old The State/Silver Side Up Nickelback that actually had effort into them and meaning. Rant: over
    Carndawgy
    which seem to have only one thing in common: Nickelback wrote both of them.
    not true: they both suck as much as every song since ryan vikedal left. to be honest, anything much past the state is like... ugh. early stuff has a nice honesty to it, though i cant say its my favourite stuff
    deadrat117
    AcdcTXfan wrote: And I know there's a lot of people that don't like Nickelback, and I honestly can't figure out why. But like em or not, if you don't at least like the song "Photograph," then there's something wrong.
    I hate that song oh so very, very much.
    NoInnerKind
    tormentedbyu wrote: Korgull wrote: It's tough to pick out a Nickelback fan because there's only 1 out of ever 1000 people. (Thankfully) Yeah. You can tell who is a Slipknot fan, though. They're usually little kids who don't know a thing about music, and think it's Metal, or greasy 20-somethings who like to sleep with the aforementioned little kids because they haven't matured mentally. Wow. Spot on. lol
    You're both slightly retarded.
    YetAnotherMuso
    I've heard a couple Nickelback songs that are quite decent, but that latest one "When We Stand Together" is so cringeworthy! If you're going to write a social commentary song, at least make it sound vaguely intelligent, and sing it like you mean it. The lyrics are just these vague, obvious sentiments and it makes them sound like a bunch of pretentious douchebags.
    SoA_Joseph
    So it's tasteless party-anthem bullshit. Well- Huh. I can't think of an upside to it. I guess if you like the stuff; that's all fine and good. Ten bucks says it's better than the shit this generation's children will end up listening to.
    BwareDWare94
    If any of you could write a song as good as Photograph, you wouldn't hate on the guy that did. While I don't think Nickelback is the greatest band in the world, they're certainly better than a lot of their peers in the modern rock world. And you keep talking about ego with Chad Kroeger...haven't any of you ever heard of Ben Burnley?
    JimBonJovi
    So Chad and company have to write music with liquor in mind and in hand? What a joke. But whatever brings the morons to their shows will suffice.
    fede01_8
    Cheeseman Jay wrote: Nickleback used to be my favourite band. Silver Side Up and For All The Right Reasosn were fantastic albums. Drak Horse was just... I dunno. It lacked the awesome edge of the other two . I'll listen to this, but I'm not expecting great things, to be honest.
    Msu_Man04
    The good thing about the new +/- system for comments is that it's easy to find the idiotic, closed-minded, "my opinion is right forever and yours is wrong, **** your opinion" fools. Look for the posts with the nice, green "+58"
    DirkLance
    And the song's over and they'd be like, 'I want to drink. I want to drink something right now.'
    That's how I'd feel too if somebody had me listen to a Nickelback song. It's not hard to want to drink when you realize such a shallow band is signed to make music.
    Year Zero
    I think the members of this band have drank all their brain cells away. What flawed, egotistical, and dumb logic they have.
    AcdcTXfan
    And I know there's a lot of people that don't like Nickelback, and I honestly can't figure out why. But like em or not, if you don't at least like the song "Photograph," then there's something wrong.
    Colgate Total
    snaaake wrote: I heard "Bottoms Up" on the radio while I was drunk. I did not enjoy it.
    I heard "Bottoms Up" on the radio while I was sober. I was drunk when the song finished.
    djc707
    "Black-Tooth Grins - Dimebag certainly would've approved" UG, why are you bringing Dimebag into this? Quit this apotheosis of Nickelback.