BSS' Drew Keeps Friends Close On Solo Debut

Broken Social Scene principal Kevin Drew goes it alone on the upcoming album "Spirit If...," the first release in a series subtitled "Broken Social Scene Presents." The set is due Sept. 18 via Arts &a

Broken Social Scene principal Kevin Drew goes it alone on the upcoming album "Spirit If...," the first release in a series subtitled "Broken Social Scene Presents." The set is due Sept. 18 via Arts & Crafts.

Originally, Drew and BSS bassist/co-founder Brendan Canning were going to pair their material up for a double-album under Broken Social Scene name. But Drew completed his songs much quicker, thus the "series" format was implemented.

"There are a lot of songs there where I'm playing everything," and that hasn't happened in a long time," he tells Billboard.com.

Those familiar with the Broken Social Scene catalog will notice a similarity in the overall sound of "Spirit If...," but that's not something Drew is trying to hide. "For me to say 'Broken Social Scene Presents,' [you know] you're going to get a familiar sound," he says. "But there are some differences, like none of Andrew Whiteman's ripping guitar solos."

Canning's release is still in the works, but will join Drew in the live interpretations of the "Spirit If..." material alongside American Analog Set's Andrew Kenny. Currently, only two shows are scheduled in Brooklyn, N.Y., and London.

As for Broken Social Scene, the group has yet to begin working on a follow-up to its 2005 self-titled effort, but Drew says he's looking forward to it. "I love making records and I want to start making another one," he says. "I want to start hearing the solos, the choirs, and everything."