“It was a clusterfuck, and it was an absolute joy.” It’s an apt phrase for Broken Social Scene, whose greatest gift is finding meaning in the midst of chaos.
Their best songs feel like they’re about to whirl out of control before they resolve into unforgettable anthems; the musicians themselves have fallen apart and come back together too many times to count.
“We are a middle-aged indie-rock band who have decided to come back,” says Drew, 42. Then you ask, ‘Hey, do you mind if we stay over a little longer?
We’ll contribute to the fridge and do the dishes, but we wanna be here.'” He admits that he had to be talked into making Hug of Thunder, which ended a seven-year dry spell between Broken Social Scene albums.
A more pared-down version of the band toured the world through 20, renewing the bond they’d found in the studio.
Feist launched her solo music career in 1999 with the release of Monarch.
As it became clear that guitarist Andrew Whiteman and drummer Justin Peroff were into Canning’s idea for a new album, Drew and the others fell in line.
Soon Hug of Thunder grew into a celebration of Broken Social Scene at its most inclusive, with appearances from Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars’ Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, and Leslie Feist (who returned to write and sing its title ballad), among other past and present collaborators.
“There’s a lot of people not there — Amy’s not there, Feist’s not there, Emily’s not there. Even if you’re not in the room, or you didn’t participate on it, you’re part of it.” The highlight of Let’s Try the After Vol.
2 is “Can’t Find My Heart,” a surging rock anthem that is classic BSS.