“Anthems For a Seventeen Year Old Girl” by Broken Social Scene
You Forgot it in People (2002)
Broken Social Scene are one of Canada’s most important indie bands. That is a fact that will still be true in twenty years. When you factor in the forming of their label Arts & Crafts, you could argue that they are the most important indie band Canada has ever produced. But I digress. 2002’s You Forgot It in People was a breakthrough hit for BSS garnering international attention and critical success. The success of the album, in many ways, re-positioned Toronto as a hot-bed of indie music and a ‘scene’ worth paying attention to.
“Anthems For a Seventeen Year Old Girl” gives the listener a quintessential BSS experience: lo-fi aesthetics, experimentation, epic build, and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. Of course the banjo and strings combo is fantastic.