It has been 10 long years since Broken Social Scene has been to Pittsburgh, where they graced the Byham Theater Stage. The Canadian band is know for assembling large make shift bands with as many as 19 members or as few as 6 to create a super group. Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning are the brains behind this masterpiece.
Since 2001 the collective has released 5 albums including Hug of Thunder released in July of this year. In 2011 Broken Social Scene went on a hiatus but reconnected in 2015 for some festival shows. This Ultimately led to Hug of Thunder.
In an interview with Spin Magazine member Charles Spearin says, “When we’re working, we understand that there will be a lot more input, so we leave space in the music as we’re writing it,” he said. “We would send out invitations for all the usual crew, and say, ‘Hey, we’re doing this again. Would you be interested in being part of this?” It took 18 members to complete Hug of Thunder.
Kevin Drew explains in an interview with Pitchfork that the title track is “exactly who we are. That is our show. We’re trying to create that hug of thunder. That sound. That embrace amongst the chaos.”
Their live shows are quite the sight to see. They constantly rotate instruments and switch places as if they are playing musical chairs. Kevin Drew can be seen dancing on stage engaging with the crowd. Broken Social Scene’s performances are so tight musically but so loose when you watch them.
Broken Social Scene will be at the Byham Theater once again October 1st with Frightened Rabbit. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets Can be purchased at Trustarts.org
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