After a seven-year-long recording hiatus, the legendary Toronto musical collective Broken Social Scene returned this year with their fifth album, Hug of Thunder.
“Sometimes life just leads you to a certain place,” founding BSS member Brendan Canning explained. “I truly believe life led us to all becoming a unit again. In 2015, out of nowhere we got a couple very eleventh-hour festival gigs. And we just said ‘this is great, we’re having such a fun time playing again, let’s talk about maybe recording.'”
We’re living in an age where the news is dominated with fear and negativity, and despite our technology, people are feeling more disconnected than ever. It feels like an age where the world needs Broken Social Scene more than ever before. And after rounding up eighteen musicians, including Leslie Feist and Metric’s Emily Haines, the band created their first album in seven years.
“We’ve always been a band that’s about trying to rise up, to rise above, to get out from underneath everything that holds you back,” says frontman Kevin Drew. “We’re an anthem writing band, and we’ve always wanted to be a celebration of humanity and spirit.”
The band stopped by the Stiegl Hidden Studio to perform three songs from the new record: “Skyline,” “Halfway Home,” and “Stay Happy.”
“We’re not a rock band, we’re a family. We get out on stage we celebrate the fact that we’re all together… Being back out the road now, it’s the people that remind you why you’re doing it. It’s the people who come to the shows to scream and let it all out.”