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Broken Social Scene Going on a Hiatus?

September 16, 2011

Over the years, Canada’s own Broken Social Scene have carved a significant corner for themselves amongst the most important staples of the indie/alternative landscape in the 21st century. The group, formed in 1999 by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, have established a family feeling, with countless members revolving (and evolving) from the group, including Leslie Feist, James Shaw and Charles Spearin.

With a four album discography, including last year’s Forgiveness Rock Record, the band’s illustrious library transcends the studio, in the form of many rarities, B-sides and even unreleased materials.

Easily one of my favorite band portraits, this one features Broken Social Scene at my local subway stop in Brooklyn. (Bias my ass...)

Unfortunately for fans, BSS is ready for a timeout, according to Drew, whose recent interview with Pitchfork reveals supporting members are eager to move onto other projects.

“We feel that we’ve done what we wanted to do,” Drew said. “I think we’ve really gone as far as we can with playing these tunes.”

Don’t worry your little heads just yet. The band still has many tour dates remaining, although the final performance in the United States will come Saturday, October 1st at San Francisco’s infamous Fillmore Theater.

Like all finales, this one will be extra special, with special guests slated to perform with the group, including Stars’ Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, as well as Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse.

While it’s hard to believe this will be the FINAL hurrah for Drew and Co., unspecified breaks from recording/touring will always leave fans with anxiety. But don’t worry, if you don’t get a chance to catch them on the tail-end of this tour, Drew promises to release some long hidden BSS material in the coming years.

In fact, Drew even went so far as to promise his film directing debut by 2013…

Maybe there is life beyond music after all?

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