New Music: Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Broken Social Scene have grown to be the quintessential indie rock band. They've got all the right pieces and sound, plus, they're Canadian. At one point in time the band had 19 members and Broken Social Scene has some quite famous alumni including Feist, Emily Haines (Metric) and Amy Millan (Stars). The band is now trimmed down to seven members with Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning most importantly still around.

Forgiveness Rock Record is the bands fourth album (officially released May 6th) and although it's a little longer than it needs to be, it's probably the most focused songwriting the bands ever had. With the slow burner opening track 'World Sick' it's clear the band hasn't changed too much. There's a lot of really interesting stuff too, like 'Chase Scene' which, oddly enough, really sounds like it should be sound-tracking a chase scene. Other highlights include the cutesy pop of 'All In All', the Sonic Youth-esque 'Texico Bitches' and the mellow 'Sentimental X's' (where you get to hear all three songstresses mentioned above together). The absolute killer song in my opinion is the instrumental 'Meet Me In The Basement' which sounds like it would be a perfect opening or closing song in concert. Hopefully we'll get to see that if Broken Social Scene decide to come through KC again.

Here's Broken Social Scene playing 'Meet Me In The Basement' live last July, and it's pretty epic:


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