New Broken Social Scene: More Horns, More Canadians
Expect more horns and more Canadians on Broken Social Scene's highly anticipated new album, which was originally dubbed "Windsurfing Nation" but will now be a self-titled affair. The set is due Oct. 4Expect more horns and more Canadians on Broken Social Scene's highly anticipated new album, which was originally dubbed "Windsurfing Nation" but will now be a self-titled affair. The set is due Oct. 4 via the group's own Toronto-based label Arts & Crafts.
It's the follow-up to 2002's breakthrough "You Forgot It in People," which has sold more than 77,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set also won a Juno Award for best alternative album.
Despite Broken Social Scene's success, no one is quite sure just how many people make up the group. Fellow Arts & Crafts labelmates like Apostle Of Hustle's Andrew Whitemen, Stars members Amy Milan and Evan Cranley and songstress Leslie Feist are revolving members. The new self-titled effort also features rapper K-OS, the Weakerthans' Jason Tate and the Dears' Murray Lightburn.
"Everyone makes a little brief cameo on the album," group member Brendan Canning tells Billboard.com. "It's like an Alfred Hitchcock film where he'd be in a scene and then he'd be gone, but you could always count on him appearing in his own film. Just because some people aren't represented on the record doesn't mean they're not part of the live show, or vice-versa,"
To record the new album, Broken Social Scene went back to Stars and Sons studio (which inspired the name of a song on the last record) under the production of Dave Newfield, who also plays with the band.
"The palette of sound is pretty big," Newfield says. Adds Canning, "There's a tiny bit more accordion, autoharp and banjo. Loads of horns. [There's] a saw that makes a half-second appearance."
The success of "You Forgot It in People" caused a lot of indecision on the follow-up, Canning admits. "Parts kept getting recorded and then stripped away and then filled again and torn down again and built up again. It was a constant process of deconstruction ultimately."
Meanwhile, the band is already a third of the way through another album slated for a spring release. "We are not going to over-think it too much," says Canning about the work-in-progress. "It's not going to be as great of a deconstruction process. The songs are bit more laid-back."
No tour plans have been announced in support of the new effort; Broken Social Scene hasn't managed a full U.S. tour since 2003.
"We didn't play more than 20 dates in America last year because we were still trying to finish a record," says Canning. The band is still debating between a full-scale tour in October and November or just three live dates in Toronto, Montreal and New York.
Here is the track list for "Broken Social Scene":
"Our Faces Split the Coast in Half"
"Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Half)"
"Finish Your Collapse and Stay for Breakfast"
"Major Label Debut"
"Fire Eye'd Boy"
"Handjobs for the Holidays"
"It's All Gonna Break"