Kevin Drew talks Gord Downie, next Broken Social Scene record

Collective's fifth studio album could arrive for summer 2017.

In an exclusive sit down with George Stroumboulopoulos on The Strombo Show, Kevin Drew talked working with Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and offered an update on the status of the next Broken Social Scene record.

Broken Social Scene has not released an album since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record, but there’s new music in the works from the Canadian collective. Drew spoke to Stroumboulopoulos about drawing inspiration from the 2015 Paris attacks to get the band back together, while offering a loose summer 2017 timeline for new tunes.

I’m looking to get back on stage with my family and connect with the people… We have to finish it, obviously, just a small thing called finishing… I think that we’re thinking summer [release],” Drew said.

We have to get back out there. We want to. The whole reason we got back together was after the shootings in Paris. Everyone sort of got on the phone within the small tribe of us and said, I want to play some shows. It is interesting because someone told me that A Tribe Called Quest, that was sort of their story too. I think that just effected a lot of people because it was so close to home. So close to home.

Drew also spoke about working with Downie on his Secret Path project, which tells the story Chanie Wenjack.

I was very grateful to see Gord’s record Secret Path come rolling out after three years of having it in my car, being able to see it go out into the world… To see it come into fruition, because Gord had been talking about it for so long, to see it come into fruition was a wondermint. It really was,” said Drew.

I think, as the band, we really — meeting Chanie’s family, it changed it for us and it made it real. I was a tourist in this world and being educated in a history that I was very unaware of and very naive to and at the same time, seeing Downie’s dream coming to fruition.

Check out the interview in its entirety for more from Drew on the Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour and reflections on 2016.