Broken Social Scene (Photo by Richard Lam)
Toronto collective Broken Social Scene have embarked on a North American tour, and they perform at 9:30 Club on Friday, Oct. 14! (The show is sold out but tickets may remain for other dates on the tour.)
The tour is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the group’s breakthrough album You Forgot It In People, a record that pushed indie rock far beyond its noisy ’90s slacker roots toward a more sonically expansive, emotionally expressive vision.
In further celebration of the seminal album’s anniversary, the group paired up with Z2 Comics and writer Lonnie Nadler to channel each track from the record into a sequential art ensemble — Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People, The Graphic Novel. Paralleling the confluence that led a community of Toronto musicians to craft a winding audio epiphany, this project unites one writer and 13 artists to create a series of intertwining vignettes inspired by You Forgot It In People.
The graphic novel bundle also includes two musical extras: the first is a 10-inch vinyl of You Forgot It In People’s classic song “Lover’s Spit”— featuring both the album version and the stripped back, b-side version featuring Feist on vocals; the second is a cassette mixtape of unreleased instrumental compositions.
Stream “Lover’s Spit” by Broken Social Scene on YouTube:
Once a two-person basement recording project, Broken Social Scene came to life onstage as a shadowy improvisational entity with a revolving-door roster, each concert a wholly unique experience dependent on the room, the weather, what they ate for dinner that night, and who was dropping in to play. Where the band’s 2001 debut album, Feel Good Lost, presented BSS as an anonymous ambient project that reflected its humble, homespun origins, their electrifying live performances from that era rallied an extended family of performers with roots in post-rock (Justin Peroff; Do Make Say Think’s Charles Spearin), Latin jazz (Andrew Whiteman), art-folk (Feist), synth-pop (Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, also of Stars), dance-punk (Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw), and country rock (Jason Collett). Out of this collection of incredible talent, You Forgot It In People — and Broken Social Scene as we now know it — was born.
Most recently, BSS released Old Dead Young: B-Sides & Rarities, a career-spanning collection of B-sides, rarities, and outtakes pulled from 20 years of 7-inches, compilations, soundtracks, and hard-to-find releases.
Check out other tour dates on Broken Social Scene’s website (because 9:30 Club is sold out)!
Broken Social Scene
Friday, Oct. 14
Doors @ 6pm