Back on the road again
Special report: cityfolk Festival Broken Social Scene touring after releasing first record in seven years
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?”