Back on the road again

Spe­cial re­port: ci­tyfolk Fes­ti­val Bro­ken So­cial Scene tour­ing af­ter re­leas­ing first record in seven years

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Front Page - Jen traplin

Toronto-based in­die rock col­lec­tive Bro­ken So­cial Scene is back on the road af­ter re­leas­ing their first new record in seven years, Hug of Thun­der, this past July.

It was shortly af­ter drop­ping their pre­vi­ous al­bum, 2010’s For­give­ness Rock Record, that the band an­nounced it would be tak­ing a break. While Bro­ken So­cial Scene did fall silent (aside from the odd fes­ti­val gig) over the next few years, band co-founder Brendan Can­ning says, de­spite the hia­tus, ev­ery­one re­mained in each other’s tra­jec­tory.

“This band has just al­ways sort of main­tained a friend­ship­first motto so, those friend­ships were al­ways in­tact, de­spite what­ever hard­ships we’ve all been through to­gether,” he ex­plains. “We had done a cou­ple very 11th hour fes­ti­vals in 2015 and that sort of sparked the want to get back to­gether and start work­ing on new ma­te­rial.”

From that point on, Can­ning says the group started to put to­gether the pieces that would be­come the new al­bum. He ad­mits, with so many mov­ing parts — Hug of Thun­der is cred­ited to 18 mem­bers — there re­ally was no rhyme or rea­son to the process.

“It’s just chip­ping away at a thing,” Can­ning says. “You’re try­ing to build some­thing, you’re pretty sure what it’s sup­posed to be but you don’t have the ex­act blue­print for it even though you’ve all been through it to­gether a bunch of times.”

“Bro­ken So­cial Scene is a very fluid process. It’s just a lot of email­ing and find­ing out when peo­ple are going to be around. The whole thing is al­ways a con­tin­uum dia­logue — we check in.”

With the al­bum out and a North Amer­i­can tour that will take the band through to Novem­ber, Can­ning isn’t fo­cus­ing too much on what lies ahead for Bro­ken So­cial Scene. In­stead, he’s sim­ply en­joy­ing the mo­ment.

“The fact that we’re still get­ting offers to come tour and there is still de­mand for the band, it’s nice, es­pe­cially when you’re 17 years in. What more can we ask for at this point?”

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